State Champ Coach – Gene Miiller '75

Gene Miiller, Class of 1975, is the proud coach of the Washington High School (Washington, Indiana) Hatchets.  This past weekend his team won the state championship for Class 3A.

Gene’s in his 34th year of coaching and has well over 500 wins on his resume. Gene’s coaching approach is much like John Wooden.

While Washington High School has managed to win the state title three times in the past six years, this one is the first one for Gene as head coach and it meant "everything".

For the full story, click here.   For more on Gene and his family, click here

Congratulations, Gene!

Kevin Hall '81 Honored

Kevin Hall, Class of 1981, is one of five honored by the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis on March 10, 2010.  

Kevin is the executive vice president and general manager of the Outerwear Strategic Business Unit at Hanesbrands, Inc. In this leadership role, he’s responsible for a $1.5 billion business that includes the brands Hanes casualwear, Champion, Just My Size and Outerbanks, and a large wholesale business that serves screenprinters across the United States.


Proving the liberal arts in action, Kevin has a biology degree from Wabash in addition to his MBA from IU.

For the full story, click here.

Congratulations, Kevin!




IAWM Networking Event Draws Big Crowd

The Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men (IAWM) hosted a networking event on Thursday, March 4, 2010 that drew a large crowd – an estimated 80 alumni attended.  The event was all inclusive but targeted at getting the younger members of the IAWM out to an event.

The sight for the event was the Barley Island Brewing Company location in Broad Ripple – it’s owned by alumnus Jeff Eaton ’85.

Thanks to Seamus Boyce ’03 for providing the information and photo and to the IAWM board for setting up a great event.



John Davis '64 – Fascinating Life Experiences

That’s John Davis ’64 and his daughter Aisha getting a tour of Jones Day Law Firm from Greg Castanias ’87.  John is a Civil Rights Attorney in Washington, DC and Aisha has her own production company, Desho Productions, also in DC.  Both of them have been very supportive of the Jim Graham Externship program.

John and Aisha visited campus last week and the Grunge had the opportunity to join John for breakfast.  I have to tell you the time flew by.  John ‘s enjoyed conversing with Supreme Court judges and equally enjoys fishing for bass with his son and grandchildren.

Aisha is a supper talented young lady who has offered opportunities for interns and externs with her company.

A great Wabash family…


The Sweet 16 and Wabash – The St. Marys Connection

There are a number of connections between Wabash College and St. Marys.  Our president, Pat White, was at St. Marys (IN) before he and Chris came to Wabash.  Over the years, there have been young ladies from two different Indiana St. Marys who have found their way to Wabash College. 

Yet another Wabash connection is the one to the St. Marys (CA) Gaels – in the Sweet 16 (information from my good friend Jim Amidon!)

The St. Marys coach, Randy Bennett (photo), is the son of Tom Bennett ’60, who played on some great Little Giant teams in the late 1950s and is a member of the Wabash Athletics Hall of Fame.  Tom coached Randy, during Randy’s collegiate playing days, at Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ ,where Tom was the head basketball coach.

Tom’s 50th reunion is coming up in June – there should be some great basketball stories told at the Scarlet Yarns and Scarlet Nickle.

As you watch the Gaels try to make even more basketball history this weekend, your cheering for a Little Giant family!


Phil Coons '67 Publishes New Book

Dr. Phil Coons ’67 reports that he is retired.  I think he uses the term loosely. His official title is Professor Emeritus at IUPUI.

However, in reality he just as busy as ever.  He’s still practicing psychiatry and now has published a new book – "In Their Own Words: Hoosier Ancestor and Family Journeys"

To read more about the book and to order, click here.

Congratulations Phil – well done!




Brian Boone '83 – President and CEO

Brian Boone, Class of 1983, is the President and CEO of Life Centers in Indianapolis.  Brian had previously served as a pastor in the Indianapolis area.

Life Centers is a pregnancy resource center located in Indianapolis with offices located in neighboring communities.  For more on Brian and the Life Centers operation, visit their web site here.   

Derek Richey '01 – Changing the (Kansas City) World

Derek Richey ’01 did what many Wabash men do – saw a problem in the community and decided to fix it.  He picked a big one.

With the economic impact of the recent downturn now fully hitting the school systems in many states, Derek decided to help.  It would have been easy to look for smaller problems to solve…but that he didn’t.

The best way to make sure things get done is to LEAD the effort – so Derek is running for the school board.

For the full article, click here.

Good luck Derek!

Ben Robinson '01 Featured In The News

Ben Robinson ’01 (r) was recently featured in an edition of LEGALBISNOW.  Ben works for the law firm Jones Day in Washington, DC.  This picture shows Ben at a recent fundraiser for the Lawyers Have Hearts 10K Run & Fun Walk coming up in June. 

Ben’s firm will participate in the Run & Fun Walk.  OK – more than participate as 75 Jones Day lawyers are committed to the run.

Jones Day in Washington is also home for Greg Castanias ’87 and Scott Medsker ’03 and is the site for many Wabash events in the area.

Good luck Ben!


Honors Starts Today

Honors starts in just an hour or so.  400 young men visiting…trying to decide if Wabash is their college.

They are easy to spot.  Red folders are a giveaway as is the "deer in the headlights" look.  The other one is the high school letterman’s jacket.  In a few short months that will permanently be sent to the back of the closet.

So, what can you do?  Well, spend a few short moments thinking about the good old days and your visits to Wabash.  Bet there will be a grin spread across your face.  Then, pick up the phone!  

That’s right.  In a day or two call the young man you referred, the young man down the street, the young man your sons/daughters know, and ask about the weekend.  Encourage them by answering all their questions or getting them in touch with the right folks here (especially with Financial Aid).  It will make you feel good and really help them with their decision.