Milford High welcomes four new spring coaches

MILFORD — It’s a new sports season at Milford High.

And with it comes many different, if not new, faces leading spring sports teams.

Of the eight spring sports offered at Milford, four will feature new head coaches.

They are Allie Ford with girls’ soccer, Paul Williamson boys’ tennis, Blake Faulkner boys’ lacrosse and Charlie Pollard track and field.

Pollard will be taking over for longtime Milford track coach Czar Bloom, who is now the Athletic Director at Polytech. Bloom’s teams won multiple Division II state championships.

Milford High track coach Charlie Pollard tries to stay warm at an early season practice. (Milford Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Milford High track coach Charlie Pollard tries to stay warm at an early season practice. (Milford Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

“Czar and I both have coached for 17 years,” Pollard said. “I coached at Lewes Middle School, went to Cape (Henlopen High) for nine years, Sussex Tech two years and then here as an assistant jump coach last year. I took three years off as an assistant coach with (not as many responsibilities), so I figured I’m relaxed and rested and it’s time to come back.”

Although they perhaps don’t have quite the number of participants this season as in some previous years, Pollard has inherited talented teams on both the boys’ and girls’ sides.

Because of that, his expectations are high for both Buccaneers squads.

“The boys’ team is very strong, talent across the board and I expect them to do quite well this year,” Pollard said. “The girls’ have some real strong highlights and a handful of athletes that are going to score a lot of points. I expect them to have a winning season. (How many wins) is yet to be determined.”

Williamson, once an assistant with the boys’ tennis team, is now the head coach of a program that despite a revolving door at the position is coming off an 11-1 campaign that ended with a Henlopen Conference Southern Division championship.

Multiple players from that campaign, however, are gone to graduation. Fortunately for Williamson, one that is back for his junior year is No. 1 singles player Colton Williamson.

Throughout his career, Colton, Paul’s grandson, has consistently been ranked as Delaware’s No. 1 player at his age group and he is an early season favorite to win a state championship.

“We have a lot of guys with good potential,” Paul Williamson said. “I’m going to predict that our starting team is going to be pretty good.”

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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