Brighton High School has produced two head coaches in the quarterfinals of this year’s NCAA Lacrosse Tournament.
Andy Shay at Yale and Peter Milliman at Cornell.
Milliman got the job a year ago, and yet… he doesn’t have the job.
If a team truly is a representation of its head coach, no team better illustrates that then the Cornell Big Red.
Cornell never led in its first round game NCAA Tournament game against Syracuse until the 4th quarter, but the Big Red fought their way back to stun the Orange. The team identity starts at the top with interim head coach Peter Milliman.
“He’s amazing, he’s done it, and he’s done a great job,” said Christian Knight, Cornell Goalie. “He really helped us this year change our culture.”
“He’s probably the best head coach I’ve had here and one of the best head coaches I’ve had in my life so I can’t say enough about him,” said Scott Flynn, Cornell Defenseman.
Peter Milliman spent four years here as an assistant coach before Cornell named him the interim head coach last year. The Big Red were coming off back-to-back losing Seasons for the first time since the 90s. Now in the Elite 8, Milliman is making a strong case to have his interim tag taken off.
“I’m from Upstate New York and this is a place I’ve known for a long time,” said Milliman. “I been a lot of places but I’m here now. However I got here helped me develop and given me the ability to coach this team the best I can. For what that is worth we will find out at the end of the year.”
Next up for Cornell is a showdown against the defending national champs Maryland. The Big Red will be underdogs once again . That’s fine with them. It won’t change who they are.
“We kind of pride ourselves on being a gritty team.”
Peter Milliman probably won’t be an interim head coach for much longer.