Good Counsel head coach Bob Milloy has announced his retirement after nearly half a century coaching high school football in Montgomery County.
Milloy, who spent 47 years coaching Maryland high school football, compiled 405 wins during his tenure.
“I’m 73 years old,” said Milloy. “I just really felt like it was time. I felt like it was the right time. It’s a young man’s game. I enjoyed it and loved every minute of it.”
The St. John’s College High School graduate began coaching junior varsity football at DeMatha in 1967 and enjoyed a storied career coaching football in Montgomery County including stints at Whitman, Springbrook and Sherwood before landing at Good Counsel in 2001.
Milloy first made his mark in the county at Springbrook when he guided the Blue Devils to six Maryland state championships in 18 seasons on the gridiron.
During his tenure at the Silver Spring public school, Milloy compiled a 168-35 record and guided the Blue Devils to appearances in eight state title games.
“Congratulations to Coach Bob Milloy,” tweeted former Springbrook head coach Adam Bahr, a Springbrook graduate who once played for Milloy at the Silver Spring public school. “An unsurpassed career!”
Milloy left Valley Brook Drive in 1992 for the confines of Sherwood High in Sandy Spring where he replaced Bob Stroup who stepped down after nearly two decades at the helm.
In nine seasons at Sherwood, Milloy compiled a 77-22 record including back-to-back state championships in 1995 and 1996. He also led the Warriors to a state final appearance in 2000.
The following year, Milloy was hired at Good Counsel where he became the architect of not only one of the top high school football programs in Maryland but in the nation as well.
Over the years, Milloy gradually built the Falcons into a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference contender.
From 2009-2012, Milloy guided Good Counsel to four consecutive WCAC championships and is recognized as the state’s all-time winningest football coach at the high school level.
“Obviously it’s sad to see a legend like Coach Milloy retire,” said Good Counsel senior quarterback Travis Nannen, a WCAC honorable mention selection last season. “He’s done so much for so many kids. For me personally, he really taught me how to prepare for a team. The hours of film and preparation he put into every game was really unbelievable.”
At Good Counsel, Milloy coached numerous student-athletes who went on to play Division I college football and the Hall of Fame coach also boasts a handful of former players who are currently competing in the National Football League.
Good Counsel graduates Jelani Jenkins (Miami Dolphins), Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings), Louis Young (Carolina Panthers), Blake Countess (Los Angeles Rams) and Kendall Fuller (Washington Redskins) were on NFL rosters last season.
“We won the first WCAC title of his career my senior year,” recalled Young. “He wasn’t a big emotional guy but I remember that day he let it all out. My senior year going into that season I kept asking him since my sophomore year could I wear Number 1. That’s the number I wore since I was little and he was so against it. Almost like it was a curse and I said if you give me Number 1 I’m going to get you a WCAC title. After that game against DeMatha at Navy Stadium, I remember telling him “I told you I was going to get you one”. I got a million stories but above all else I love him for life.”