OLNEY — Bob Milloy, the winningest high school football coach in Maryland history, was roasted and toasted Feb. 10 at Ellen C. Ervin Memorial Theatre on the Good Counsel campus.
“He’s a legend,” said former Springbrook running back Leonard Green, who played collegiately at the University of Southern California. “He deserves all the credit and all the accolades due to him.”
The roast and toast featured welcome remarks from Good Counsel Athletic Director Patrick Bates.
The event was emceed by Johnny Holliday with appearances from speakers Morgan Wootten, Craig Weincek, Michael Strittmatter, Tom Manger, Graham Manley, George Solomon, Akeem Hebron, Tom Crowell, Shawn Springs and Kelley Milloy along with a gift presentation by Good Counsel President Dr. Paul Barker.
During his tenure, Milloy enjoyed a distinguished career coaching high school 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. At Springbrook, Milloy compiled a 168-35 record and guided the Blue Devils to appearances in eight state title games.
He 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.
Holliday, the voice of the University of Maryland football and basketball teams, described Milloy’s coaching exploits on the gridiron as “mindboggling.”
Throughout the night, speaker after speaker paid homage to one of the nation’s legendary high school football coaches who began his career in 1967 coaching junior varsity football at DeMatha and retired five decades later with 405 wins on his resume.
The Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C. named Milloy “Coach of the Year” several times during his tenure and he was honored by the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club as “Coach of the Year” in 1980, 1986, 1995 and 2012 as well as “Coach of the Decade 1990.”
Milloy, who also coached high school girls’ lacrosse and softball in Montgomery County, holds memberships in the DC Sports Hall of Fame, Maryland High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, National High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame and the Springbrook High School Hall of Fame.
“What an achievement by a great, great person,” said Holliday. “I would like my son or my daughter to play for Bob Milloy, I can tell you that.”