MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Diamond Club announced a gift to of $353,200 to the Millburn Township School District to renovate the varsity baseball field, which will include new dugouts, upgraded fencing, new bullpens and stadium seating to take the spectator experience to the next level. The plans already have board approval, and the construction is projected to reach completion for the start of the 2018 season.
Tami Krikorian, a board member of the Millburn Diamond Club, led the fundraising efforts for the past eight months garnering support for the project. The gift presented at the Board of Education meeting covers the full cost of Phase 1 of the renovation project. The Diamond Club is continuing fundraising efforts to furnish the inside of the new dugouts, add new pitching mounds in the bullpens and add a warning track around the infield foul territory at the cost of $40,000.
Millburn High School's baseball coach, Brian Chapman, is excited about the planned upgrades. “I love coaching in Millburn and being a part of the strong baseball tradition in this town. I’m not alone in believing that this top-ranked program deserves to play in a top-notch facility," Chapman said.
Since taking the helm of the Millburn Baseball program in 2008, Chapman has led Millburn to:
- an overall record: 161-45
- 3 Super Essex Conference Championships
- 4 Sectional championships
- 2 NJ Group 4 State Championships
- 7 players that went on to play D1 baseball and 20 players overall that went on to play in college.
“I’ve been involved with Millburn Baseball for 18 years. I’ve coached most of these players as they came through Millburn’s baseball program and it’s been a pleasure helping to make this dream a reality. This project will benefit our town’s young baseball players and their families for years to come," said Ted Bourke, former Mayor of Millburn and longtime baseball coach.