Mil­li­gan, ‘14 soft­ball team to en­ter Hall

For­mer base­ball player now back as an as­sis­tant

Record Observer - - Sports - By RICHARD MIDCAP

WYE MILLS — Scott Mil­li­gan has earned plenty of base­ball ac­co­lades, rang­ing from all-star short­stop to high school coach of the year. Yet this lat­est recog­ni­tion is clearly spe­cial.

“It’s def­i­nitely an honor, hav­ing at­tended here and hav­ing been given the op­por­tu­nity to come back here and coach,” the cur­rent Skip­jacks as­sis­tant base­ball coach said of his se­lec­tion for the Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege Ath­letic Hall of Fame. Mil­li­gan and the 2014 state cocham­pi­onship soft­ball team will be in­ducted dur­ing the col­lege’s 13th Hall of Fame din­ner on Thurs­day, Nov. 3, in the Caro­line Col­lege Cen­ter on the Wye Mills Cam­pus.

Tick­ets — which in­clude a so­cial start­ing at 6 p.m., the din­ner and in­duc­tion cer­e­mony, and un­veil­ing of the Hall of Fame wall with the 2016 in­ductee plaques mounted — are $75 each and may be pur­chased by con­tact­ing Becky Fau­ver at rfau­ver@ch­e­sa­peake.edu. Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege em­ployee and stu­dent tick­ets are $50 per per­son.

Mil­li­gan played short­stop on the Skip­jacks’ 1989 and 1990 base­ball teams. While he set a num­ber of records that have since been bro­ken, he still owns a piece of the sin­gle-game record with seven runs bat­ted in.

“Dan Fielder, the coach at that time, was in­stru­men­tal in my ath­letic ca­reer,” said Mil­li­gan, who went on to be­come a West Vir­ginia In­ter­col­le­giate Ath­letic Con­fer­ence all-star at Blue­field State Col­lege.

“Dr. [Ed] Baker [pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus at Ch­e­sa­peake] had a huge im­pact on my de­ci­sion to go into teach­ing,” added Mil­li­gan, who cur­rently teaches phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and health at Kent County High.

The 2014 soft­ball team went 34-5 and split the Mary­land Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence ti­tle with CCBC-Ca­tonsville. Ca­tonsville even­tu­ally edged Ch­e­sa­peake, 6-5, in the “if” game of the NJCAA Divi­sion II Re­gion XX cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment with a na­tional tour­na­ment berth on the line.

Stephanie Wey­er­miller — who led the con­fer­ence in home runs, runs bat­ted in, and slug­ging per­cent­age — was named to two all-Amer­i­can teams. Seven mem­bers of the squad earned all-state or all-re­gion hon­ors, or both.

“The beauty of the 2014 team was the di­ver­sity,” head coach Dur­rie Hayes said. “We had four girls from Ce­cil County, four girls from out of state and four lo­cal play­ers [Ka­ley Schreiber and Lind­sey Budd from North Dorch­ester High and the Tyner twins, Kel­lieann and Abby, from Queen Anne’s County High] and they blended to­gether beau­ti­fully.”

Hayes said his Skip­jacks over­came con­sid­er­able ad­ver­sity.

“We started with lots of pitch­ing but due to in­juries we were down to one pitcher by the re­gional tour­na­ment,” Hayes said. “Stephanie [Wey­er­miller] ended up sixth in the na­tion in home runs with 16, which was more than any of our teams had ever to­taled. They hit well, played good de­fense and pitched re­ally well.

“They were re­ally some­thing un­til the in­juries set in, but even then they fought and fought to end up within one run of go­ing to the World Se­ries,” Hayes added.

Mil­li­gan said the team high­light of his two years play­ing for Ch­e­sa­peake was “our vic­tory over Anne Arun­del Com­mu­nity Col­lege, our ri­val school, dur­ing my fresh­man year.”

“We had 12 guys on that team and beat­ing a big school like Anne Arun­del was im­pres­sive,” added Mil­li­gan, now in his fourth year as an as­sis­tant at Ch­e­sa­peake.

“You want to give back to the col­lege that gave you an op­por­tu­nity,” Mil­li­gan said of his de­ci­sion to re­turn on head coach Frank Szy­man­ski’s staff.

“I heard he played with a strong pas­sion for the game and his team­mates,” Szy­man­ski said. “As a coach, I’ve been im­pressed with his com­mit­ment, knowl­edge, and work ethic. His abil­ity to teach our play­ers the game and life skills has been ben­e­fi­cial to all. We are for­tu­nate to have him in our pro­gram.”

Mil­li­gan was an all-Bay­side Con­fer­ence short­stop at Colonel Richard­son High prior to at­tend­ing Ch­e­sa­peake. He was an hon­or­able men­tion on the all-con­fer­ence squad as a sopho­more be­fore claim­ing sec­ond- and first-team hon­ors as a ju­nior and se­nior, re­spec­tively. The Colonels qual­i­fied for the re­gional play­offs for the first time in school his­tory dur­ing Mil­li­gan’s se­nior sea­son in 1988.

“At that time you had to qual­ify for the play­offs,” said Mil­li­gan, not­ing that was be­fore re­gion­als be­came an open tour­na­ment.

Mil­li­gan had two stints as head base­ball coach at Colonel Richard­son, serv­ing from 1996 to 1999 and again from 2003 to 2008, with the big­gest high­light be­ing the pro­gram’s first re­gion and state cham­pi­onships in 2007 and first Bay­side Con­fer­ence ti­tle in 2008. His ten­ure as Kent County High’s head base­ball coach from 2009 to 2011 may have been even more im­pres­sive in that the Tro­jans had three straight win­ning sea­sons and a 35-23 over­all record while com­ing off nine con­sec­u­tive los­ing cam­paigns.

Mil­li­gan was Mid-Shore Coach of the Year at both Colonel Richard­son (2006) and Kent County (2010), and earned Dis­trict VIII Coach of the Year hon­ors in 2007. He was Dis­trict VIII’s Mary­land Base­ball Com­mit­tee rep­re­sen­ta­tive as well as the Class 1A East Re­gion base­ball tour­na­ment direc­tor from 2005 to 2011.

Mil­li­gan also served as vice pres­i­dent of the Bay­side Con­fer­ence Base­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion from 2006 to 2011.

Mil­li­gan and his wife, Di­ana, have three chil­dren. Colton is Mil­li­gan’s step­son; his daugh­ters are Cather­ine and Caro­line.

SCOTT MIL­LI­GAN

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