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Honoring Coach Tom McConnell

January 5, 2015

If you have made your way to the west side of campus, you may have noticed the new structure nestled into the hillside between the hockey and baseball fields.

The structure honors Tom McConnell, who was the athletic director, head football coach and head baseball coach at Burroughs in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s. Coach McConnell was killed by a hit-and-run driver on April 4, 1970.

“Though Coach McConnell was only 53 at the time of his death, he had already established himself as one of the finest coaches in the region, having amassed more than 100 wins in both baseball and football,” says Head of School Andy Abbott. “To this day, the Metro League (our athletic conference) honors the outstanding team or individual performance of the year with the Tom McConnell trophy. But to a person, alumni remember him more for his character than his record — that he could teach through athletics lessons that could be applied later in life, and they have been.

“Before we built the new performing arts center, there was a memorial to Coach McConnell up on the hill that overlooked the field that bears his name. That memorial has now been replicated out on the hillside between the hockey and baseball fields, and it will serve as a nice venue from which to watch the games.”