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Rich McMillen

Sports Medicine ∙ Blackhawk

 

 

 

 

Rich McMillen began his football career playing fullback for the Beaver Falls Fighting Tigers. After graduation in 1952, Rich moved on to Penn State, where he played guard for Coach Rip Engle and majored in physical therapy. After college, Rich attended the School of Physical Therapy in Leetsdale, then spent several years gaining experience in the field. Rich started sports medicine in the late 1960s with Dr Jay Funkhouser at Northwestern High School (which became part of the Blackhawk School District in 1973). Rich launched McMillen Physical Therapy in 1977 and worked hand in hand with Dr John Lehman, holding sports medicine seminars together throughout Beaver County. In 1985 McMillen Therapy became Trident Physical Therapy, which offered a new sports medicine program in high schools, placing certified trainers in the schools through matching funds. Trident was sold to the Center for Rehab Services in 1985, and Rich retired in November 2001. Rich’s community service included stints on the Blackhawk Board of Education and as a Community College of Beaver County trustee.