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Milmoe to succeed Meehan as Saint James football coach

May 20, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

SAINT JAMES -- Chris Milmoe knows whose brain to pick when it comes to football at Saint James High School -- Chick Meehan.

Milmoe has been named the new head football coach of the Saints, succeeding the venerable Meehan who retired after last season following tenures from 1974-99 and 2004-07.

"I've already met with him a couple of times," said Milmoe. "He is a piece of the Saint James lore. He took care of generations and I'm honored to be picked to follow in his footsteps and I'll continue to pick his brain."

Milmoe, 26, comes to Saint James from Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn., to become a head football coach for the first time. He has spent four years at Choate as an assistant football coach and head wrestling and lacrosse coach. He also will become Saint James' new wrestling coach, succeeding Chuck Martin.

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"I had four amazing years at Choate Rosemary, but I was looking for more responsibility," said Milmoe. "I got in touch with Saint James through a job placement and talked with the St. James people. Football is the big part of the picture for me.

"I'm unbelievably excited about this opportunity and it's a big piece of my career," said Milmoe, who met the returning members of the Saints football family Monday.

Milmoe said he will also step in as assistant athletic director and will be in charge of the Claggett Hall, the largest boys dormitory at Saint James.

"I'm also looking forward to wrestling," he said. "In the New England area, it's not as big as basketball and ice hockey and I know it is here."

Choate Rosemary's bio of Milmoe describes him as one with abundant energy, an optimistic personality and a loud voice.

"I'm full of passion and I think that's what you need to succeed," he said.

Milmoe said he will concentrate on the defense with 4-3 variations and be very aggressive.

Mike Brooks will move up from junior varsity coach and handle the offense.

"We'll spread things out," Milmoe said. "We will take advantage of a player like Mike Russ."

"I've got game tapes from last season that I'll be looking at and when I move back here in June, we'll be ready to go. The numbers aren't as large this year with graduation, but I'll get back in and look at the admission folders and see what we've got coming in."

Milmoe gained 12 letters in high school at Lawrence (Mass.) Academy in football, wrestling and lacrosse.

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