Milloy’s first year in high school coaching was at DeMatha in 1967. In addition to coaching the junior varsity squad, he taught five algebra classes and drove the football bus for $4,700 per year. Over 300 wins later, Milloy throws his kids Under Armour gloves and travel shirts after practice at Good Counsel. Last Friday, after concluding an interview with ESPN, he took 20 minutes out of his schedule to decide what kind of salad his team was going to eat during dinners in Vegas.
He’s had to surround himself with a younger staff to deal with the encroachment of social media on his program, which took a turn for the worse last winter when Diggs, now a freshman wide receiver at Maryland, posted a controversial tweet about then-New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. Milloy doesn’t ban his players from Facebook or Twitter, but he has assistants constantly monitoring and advising the athletes.
Top-ranked Good Counsel plays on national television Friday night, led by Virginia Tech recruit Kendall Fuller, considered by many to be the nation’s top cornerback prospect in the Class of 2013
“I’m old enough to be some of their parent’s grandparents, so I try to keep a lot of young guys around,” Milloy said. “And the texting, and all that garbage, Twitter, you know, I don’t do that.”
And yet, Milloy doesn’t fight it. He just adapts — and that’s the key, according to Tony Sanchez, Bishop Gorman’s 38-year-old coach. Opening dialogue about everything in a program – recruiters, tweeting, what gear to wear — is what allows older coaches like Milloy to handle the rapid changes in the high school game.
“This thing has grown so big,” said Sanchez, whose Gaels have won the past three Nevada 4A state championships . “The kids can lose themselves in it, and unfortunately it can become almost counterproductive to what you’re trying to do as a team.”
Milloy said that Good Counsel’s team is a “very nice group of kids,” and there were minimal signs of trash talking or lollygagging at a recent practice. His influence can be felt in the public arena as well, where on July 30th, his top- rated recruit Fuller tweeted in preparation for the opening of camp: “No phone, No twitter, No email.”
“The game has definitely changed a lot,” said Milloy, who has no plans to retire in the near future. “But the kids haven’t changed. They still react to discipline.”