Coach McMillen started the Hanover Central softball program in 1992 and until this spring was the only head coach players have ever known. He led his teams to 9 PCC Team Championships, 2 GSSC Conference Championships in 2014 and 2015, 9 Sectional Championships, 5 Regional Championships, 1 Semi-State Championships and 1 State Championship in 2004, as well as several Coach of the Year titles. Larry McMillen is a native of Cedar Lake who currently resides in Lowell with his wife, Pat. They are the parents of two grown children, Jessica Kielman and Jeremy McMillen.
In the spring of this year, the Hanover Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved naming the softball field in Coach McMillen’s honor. With family and friends looking on the curtain was removed from the new sign that proudly proclaims; “Welcome to Larry McMillen Field.” The message is repeated on the press box as well. Board Members Mary Joan Dickson and Connie Sterkowitz were on hand to see Coach McMillen honored. “I’ve known Larry since 1971,” said Dickson. “He’s played, umpired and coached since the very beginning. He’s the first and only coach talented enough and patient enough to stay and watch the softball program grow.” Board Member Connie Sterkowitz also expressed her admiration of Coach McMillen; “It was an easy decision for the Board to make. He’s done a great job for the kids and recognizing a coach of his caliber is definitely appropriate.”
Accolades aside, McMillen found the experience humbling. “Leaving the kids behind and not seeing them every year in the spring is the hardest part,” said McMillen. In his 24 years as coach, McMillen’s fondest memory is the 2004 state Championship. Memories of Coach McMillen will resonate for years with former players, who gave him the nickname, “Big Guy.”
While the Big Guy looks forward to “fishing, getting my yard and house in order and moving on to do whatever I want to do,“ the name McMillen will stand as a legacy for years to come as players, fans, and guests enter the aptly named Larry McMillen Field.Mission Statement:
At Hanover Community School Corporation, we are: Making a difference…realizing potential.
The Hanover Community School Corporation realizes the individuality of each student and is committed to providing a safe and positive atmosphere for learning. The collaboration of dedicated staff and the community allows Hanover Community School Corporation to create a literacy-rich environment and facilitate high quality instruction for all students. A challenging curriculum, well-equipped facilities and relevant technology optimize achievement, empowering all students to realize their potential for success in a global society.
Board approved April 17, 2012
Please be advised that the Board of School Trustees of the Hanover Community School Corporation will hold the following meetings on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, in the Hanover Administration Building Board Room, 9520 W. 133rd Ave., Cedar Lake, IN:
1. Executive Session, closed to the public, at 4:00 P.M.;
2. Regular Meeting of the Board of School Trustees, at 6:00 P.M.
Please see the attached agendas.