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RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
I am facebook friends with Challace. Just saw on his wall he has passed away.
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RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
Legend.

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RE: RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
Terrible news. 77 is too young-he seemed to be in better shape than most his age. I feel like he just recently commented on something JMU sports related on Facebook.
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RE: RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
A truly great man. Only 8 days from being 78. He will be missed.
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RE: RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
I talked to him last Sunday right after the game and streamer toss. We sat in the same row for years. I am stunned and saddened.
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Shocked and very sad.
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RE: RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
Had the privilege of having him as a PE/Health professor for one of my classes. He will be missed.
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RE: RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
I will never forget the first game. Harrisonburg High School would not let the Dukes use their field because it was too wet. So Coach and others lined Godwin Field and the first game was played there. Maybe without goal posts. I am not sure about that. We did not score a point that year but tied one game.

Undefeated in year 4 and then we started the transition to division 1. Beat UVA in year 10 I think. He did a great job and did it with integrity. His last couple of years the injury bug hit the team hard and Uncle Ron wanted to make a change. It was a tough blow to be fired after starting it from scratch and having a lot of successful years. But he regrouped and handle it with class and made a career change within JMU. And has been a huge part of JMU football. I am very thankful for all he has done for JMU and Harrisonburg.
God bless Coach McMillin.
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RE: RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
The Washington Post Sports Page- September 19th, 1982:

"As long as football is played
at James Madison, no matter
what heights the program attains,
it is difficult to imagine a
more significant victory than today's
21-17 upset of Virginia."
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Terrible news.
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RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
Very sad to hear. Condolences to his family. He was man of faith and integrity and still very active which makes this a surprise. Big loss for the JMU community!


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RE: RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
Very saddened to hear this. He seemed like a very honorable man and someone that people respected a great deal. Rest In Peace.
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RE: RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
My sophomore year I lived off campus in an apartment across from Anthony Seger. It was torn down a few years ago and the JMU Foundation built new apartments there.

We had a mother of five move in across the hall from us. She could not afford a phone so we would let her use ours when she needed one. It turns out she was running from a domestic violence situation. As young college men, we had no clue.

The husband came to the apartment and shot her one evening. Challace was the first man on the scene. Turns out he was involved in outreach through his church. The mother went to the hospital which fortunately was right up the street. She made a full recovery and Challace made sure the kids had a safe place to stay. The husband committed suicide in his car at the apartment that evening thinking he had already killed his wife.

Challace was still coaching football at JMU when all of this happened yet he still found time to give back to the Harrisonburg community. He did so humbly and behind the scenes. I admired the guy for his quiet leadership. He was a man of faith and he loved JMU.

I remember the day of the dedication of the Challace McMillan Performance Center. I kept hearing an odd noise in the crowd. I couldn’t make out exactly what it was. Then I saw Challace sobbing in his seat overwhelmed with being honored by the naming of the building. I was proud to financially support that project for a lot of reasons but none more than because the building carried Challace’s name.

It is always hard when good people pass. There is a void left by their departure from this world and into heaven. God called a good one home today.
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RE: RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
Challace was JMU's Coach

Sounds like he lived his life the way he wanted. Great man. Great Inspiration to all that knew him.
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RE: RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
The 1970’s was a period of great change and growth at then Madison College. In 1971 Dr. Ron Carrier arrived from East Tennessee and set in motion the rise of men’s athletics. Madison was well served in women’s athletics already. Dr. Carrier brought with him a great Athletic Director in Dean Ehlers. In 1972 Dr. Carrier decided he wanted to start football that fall. Coach Ehlers then brought in Challace McMillin to start the football program. Challace had no players so he recruited his first team from the student body. He was one of several coaches and administrators who set the men’s athletic programs on an unbelievable path of success for a formerly girl’s college that had just gone coed. That same year Lou Campanelli and Mike Fratello arrived to take the basketball program to the next level. Brad Babcock was to head the Baseball team and Bob Vanderwalker the Soccer program. It’s beyond comprehension the success of all these programs in the early days. Coach Mac took the football program to a number one ranking in Division 3 before jumping to 1AA. He recruited Hall of Fame and NFL Pro Bowl players Charles Haley, Gary Clarke and Scott Norwood to play for us. Coach Campanelli built the basketball program to earn three successive NCAA appearances and winning first round games against the likes of Ohio State, Georgetown and West Virginia. Coach Babcock led the baseball team to the College World Series and was the only Virginia University to make it to the Series for decades. He had great players such as Billy Sample, Kellen Kulbacki and Lorenzo Bundy. Coach Vanderwalker won Virginia College Division Championships with players like Alan Mayer, Tom Riley, Ray Laroche. It really is amazing how we had such great early success in all sports. It all began with Dr. Carrier and Dean Ehlers. In the last few years we have lost Dr. Carrier, Dean Ehlers and now Coach Mac. All three were the Tennessee connection. Coach Ehlers had coached the basketball team at Memphis State and Coach Mac was a successful high school coach. More importantly than their great successes as coaches and administrators is the greatness of each as leaders and great men. Their contributions to growing great young men is Hall if Fame worthy. Rest In Peace Coach McMillin. Keep Dr. Carrier out of trouble and say hi to Coach Ehlers for me please. I am a much better person for having known each of you.
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RE: RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
Superbly stated BSKB. Was fortunate enough to attend JMU during these times ('81). Had the pleasure on speaking w/ coach McMillin a couple of times, a gentle giant of JMU.
Sometimes you don't know what you got till it's gone. Rest in peace coach.
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(03-09-2020 09:14 AM)BSKB 24 Wrote:  The 1970’s was a period of great change and growth at then Madison College. In 1971 Dr. Ron Carrier arrived from East Tennessee and set in motion the rise of men’s athletics. Madison was well served in women’s athletics already. Dr. Carrier brought with him a great Athletic Director in Dean Ehlers. In 1972 Dr. Carrier decided he wanted to start football that fall. Coach Ehlers then brought in Challace McMillin to start the football program. Challace had no players so he recruited his first team from the student body. He was one of several coaches and administrators who set the men’s athletic programs on an unbelievable path of success for a formerly girl’s college that had just gone coed. That same year Lou Campanelli and Mike Fratello arrived to take the basketball program to the next level. Brad Babcock was to head the Baseball team and Bob Vanderwalker the Soccer program. It’s beyond comprehension the success of all these programs in the early days. Coach Mac took the football program to a number one ranking in Division 3 before jumping to 1AA. He recruited Hall of Fame and NFL Pro Bowl players Charles Haley, Gary Clarke and Scott Norwood to play for us. Coach Campanelli built the basketball program to earn three successive NCAA appearances and winning first round games against the likes of Ohio State, Georgetown and West Virginia. Coach Babcock led the baseball team to the College World Series and was the only Virginia University to make it to the Series for decades. He had great players such as Billy Sample, Kellen Kulbacki and Lorenzo Bundy. Coach Vanderwalker won Virginia College Division Championships with players like Alan Mayer, Tom Riley, Ray Laroche. It really is amazing how we had such great early success in all sports. It all began with Dr. Carrier and Dean Ehlers. In the last few years we have lost Dr. Carrier, Dean Ehlers and now Coach Mac. All three were the Tennessee connection. Coach Ehlers had coached the basketball team at Memphis State and Coach Mac was a successful high school coach. More importantly than their great successes as coaches and administrators is the greatness of each as leaders and great men. Their contributions to growing great young men is Hall if Fame worthy. Rest In Peace Coach McMillin. Keep Dr. Carrier out of trouble and say hi to Coach Ehlers for me please. I am a much better person for having known each of you.

Good post, but Kellen Kulbacki was recruited by and played baseball for Spanky.
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RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
Sad to read this.

As we all age we lose someone more all too frequently. These more recently deceased were as influential on the great place we know as JMU as anyone in our century+ history.

RIP Coach. Well earned, well deserved.
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(03-09-2020 02:36 PM)Longhorn Wrote:  
(03-09-2020 09:14 AM)BSKB 24 Wrote:  The 1970’s was a period of great change and growth at then Madison College. In 1971 Dr. Ron Carrier arrived from East Tennessee and set in motion the rise of men’s athletics. Madison was well served in women’s athletics already. Dr. Carrier brought with him a great Athletic Director in Dean Ehlers. In 1972 Dr. Carrier decided he wanted to start football that fall. Coach Ehlers then brought in Challace McMillin to start the football program. Challace had no players so he recruited his first team from the student body. He was one of several coaches and administrators who set the men’s athletic programs on an unbelievable path of success for a formerly girl’s college that had just gone coed. That same year Lou Campanelli and Mike Fratello arrived to take the basketball program to the next level. Brad Babcock was to head the Baseball team and Bob Vanderwalker the Soccer program. It’s beyond comprehension the success of all these programs in the early days. Coach Mac took the football program to a number one ranking in Division 3 before jumping to 1AA. He recruited Hall of Fame and NFL Pro Bowl players Charles Haley, Gary Clarke and Scott Norwood to play for us. Coach Campanelli built the basketball program to earn three successive NCAA appearances and winning first round games against the likes of Ohio State, Georgetown and West Virginia. Coach Babcock led the baseball team to the College World Series and was the only Virginia University to make it to the Series for decades. He had great players such as Billy Sample, Kellen Kulbacki and Lorenzo Bundy. Coach Vanderwalker won Virginia College Division Championships with players like Alan Mayer, Tom Riley, Ray Laroche. It really is amazing how we had such great early success in all sports. It all began with Dr. Carrier and Dean Ehlers. In the last few years we have lost Dr. Carrier, Dean Ehlers and now Coach Mac. All three were the Tennessee connection. Coach Ehlers had coached the basketball team at Memphis State and Coach Mac was a successful high school coach. More importantly than their great successes as coaches and administrators is the greatness of each as leaders and great men. Their contributions to growing great young men is Hall if Fame worthy. Rest In Peace Coach McMillin. Keep Dr. Carrier out of trouble and say hi to Coach Ehlers for me please. I am a much better person for having known each of you.

Good post, but Kellen Kulbacki was recruited by and played baseball for Spanky.
I thought of that after writing the post, but left it in just to see if anyone would catch it. Good spot LH.
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RE: RIP Coach Challace McMillin:
A great coach that is loved by his player, but he is an even better person. RIP, coach--Godspeed!
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