ST. JAMES — When Chris Milmoe came to Saint James in the spring of 2008 to be the Saints’ head football and wrestling coach and assistant athletic director, he could not have envisioned the position he would be in three years later.
When Athletic Director Mike Brooks left Saint James in December, Milmoe became the interim AD.
Now, the 29-year-old Milmoe has been named the permanent athletic director, and it will be his only position on campus. He has given up his head football coaching spot. Juwaun Sandridge, an assistant for three years, has been selected to take over the football program.
“It was a brutal decision, a tough decision,” said Milmoe, who was the head wrestling coach for just one season. “It’s sad to give up football, but I realize this is an opportunity to go on and be a great athletic adminstrator.”
In his three seasons as football coach, Milmoe’s teams had a 16-10 record.
“(Milmoe) stepped right in to take charge, and we have all been very impressed by his enthusiasm and great capacity for hard work,” said the Rev. Dr. D. Stuart Dunnan, Saint James’ headmaster. “Running an athletic department is a lot like herding cats at times, but he has good organizational skills.”
Milmoe looks ahead with optimism and enthusiasm.
“I see a chance here to do great things,” Milmoe said. “We’ve had some success in the past and hopefully we can continue to move forward. I would never have thought something like this would happen three years ago. It’s a huge step.”
Milmoe turns the football program over to Sandridge, who joined the staff in 2008 as a special teams coordinator and became the offensive coordinator last year.