Milford Welcomes New Coach


By Kevin Eickman

Last season the Milford girls basketball team struggled to find their footing. Hamstrung by a key player loss, the Lady Bucs found it difficult to be competitive last season. Achieving just a record of 7-13, Milford was looking to make a change. This season Milford is being lead by Leona White, joined on the staff by assistants Kevin Barkley and Sarah McNulty.

Coach White comes to Milford with 20 years coaching experience at the middle school level. Coach White received her Bachelors degree from Delaware State University and went on to get a Masters in school counseling from Wilmington University. Coach White works in the Milford School District, teaching physical education at Milford Middle School.

With the season yet to begin, White has been enjoying getting to know the girls “This is such a fun group, they have such a great time and they are working very hard,” she said. So far White has been using a back to basics approach and believes it is going to pay dividends. “We have been working very hard on fundamentals and conditioning, it has been our primary focus to this point.” she said.

Coach White is trying to instill a camaraderie with this year’s team, believing that it will pay dividends down the road “Our goal is to foster a real family atmosphere and grow close as a group,” commented White. “We want to win as well, our goal is to to try and win the conference. We know that that is aiming high but that’s our goal.”

Milford will have a squad comprised of mostly underclassman, with Lauriel Robertson and Kiandraliz Vega-Deming being the only seniors. Coach White expects the whole team to contribute and has been pleased with the play and leadership demonstrated by Xitali Roman, Diamond Turner and Myleiris Vazquez. “These three ladies have really stepped up to the plate, we are hoping to get serious minutes from all of them,” commented Coach White. Milford will open their season Thursday, December 6th at home, tip-off is slated for 6 pm.