Concord naming football field after late athletic director, administrator

Friday Night Football is here in the state of Indiana.

Friday night, the high school football regular season gets underway and there might not be a more emotional scene than at Concord High School, where the Minutemen will name their stadium after one of their own.

Larry Jackowiak was a long-time coach, teacher and athletic director at Concord. But last September, he suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of 51. He was the school corporation's acting superintendent at the time.

"I think he's everything you want a dad to be, a coach to be, a teacher to be, a colleague to be," Concord football coach Tim Dawson says.

Jackowiak was known to everyone as "Jake" and that's why the stadium will take the name "Jake Field" with a banner being unveiled during above the visitor's press box during a special halftime ceremony.

"I think it's a great tribute that every time we take that field and say welcome to 'Jake Field' that we play the way he'd want us to play," Dawson explained.

"He's somebody when you look around the Concord facility, Jake had a touch on just about everything in the 24 years he was here."

Even the plans to build a new entrance way for the Stadium that will now hold his name. Before his death, Jackowiak was a point man for the new entrance way project, that will look very similar to that of Andrews Field at NorthWood High School.

That project is still in the process of seeking funding but will eventually say Larry Jackowiak Field when completed.

Dawson says they would have liked to have done the ceremony before the game against East Noble Friday night, but they are holding it off until halftime so that Jackowiak's children can drive up from Indianapolis to witness the dedication.

Concord and East Noble will kickoff at 7:30 Friday night at Jake Field.

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