Bilger retires as Concord golf coach for boys and girls

Larry Bilger, who began his coaching career in 1962, coached Minutemen boys for seven seasons and girls for one.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 6:46 p.m.

DUNLAP — Larry Bilger has retired as boys and girls golf coach at Concord High School.

Bilger led the Minutemen boys program for seven seasons, amassing a 116-45 record with two sectional championships (2008, 2010). He coached the girls team to a 10-13 season in 2013.

Bilger began his coaching career upon his graduation from Franklin College in 1962. Along the way, he coached track, cross country, football, tennis, baseball, basketball and golf — many on the varsity level.

He was head golf coach at Shakamak in 1973 and 1974 and at Elkhart Memorial from 1997-2001.

Bilger retired as a teacher at Memorial after the 2001-02 school year.

"I'm glad they talked me into coming to Concord," Bilger said. "Bent Oak (Golf Club) treated us so great. They opened their arms to us."

After wintering in Alabama the past few years, Bilger is planning to move there to live year round.

"Any time you lose someone with Larry’s coaching experience, it is a huge loss for the department," said Concord athletic director Dave Preheim. "He is the epitome of a veteran coach, and also a man of integrity. I am grateful for all his years of service to kids, not only at Concord, but at other schools as well. We will miss him greatly, but wish him well in retirement."

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