MENDOTA — Mike Kilmartin, currently the head boys basketball coach at St. Bede Academy, was named the grand marshal of the 2014 Sweet Corn Festival Parade.
Kilmartin, born and raised in Mendota, attended Mendota High School, where he played basketball and baseball for coach Bob Beals. While at Mendota, he played four years of baseball, three years of basketball and ran cross country two years. He graduated in 1968 and continued on to Illinois Valley Community College, where he again played basketball and baseball, being selected all-state in both sports.
Mike began his teaching career at St. Bede. He also taught at Alwood, Putnam County, DePue, and at Ophir Elementary and Junior High School in Triumph. He landed the head coaching position at Mendota Township High School in 1983. Mike retired from teaching at the end of the 2009-10 year, having taught 38 years. In 2011 Mike was selected as head basketball coach at St. Bede Academy.
Mike lives in Mendota with his wife Toni of 42 years. The Kilmartins have four children Kelli of Minneapolis, Jason of Carol Stream, Derek of Oglesby, Vanessa of LaSalle and five grandchildren.
On April 26 of this year, Kilmartin was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.