By Kevin Eickman
There are many Milford graduates who have come back home to pay it forward for the mentoring they received during their time as Buccaneers. In all, more than 30 current coaches in the Milford School District are graduates of Milford. Two graduates who are giving back are Charlie Galante and Quinn Abbott.
Galante, a member of the Class of 2012, excelled in football and lacrosse. Playing primarily on the offensive line in football, Galante was an anchor of a solid Buccaneer rushing attack. Galante was always quick off the ball and a fierce competitor. When it came to lacrosse, to put it mildly, he was aggressive. While it was in the early days of Milford lacrosse, Galante made a lasting impression with some devastating defensive play.
Following his graduation from Milford, Galante attended Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. Playing four years of football while earning his bachelor’s degree in Business Management, he returned home to Milford and now works as a Special Education Paraprofessional.
Galante is an assistant coach on the football team, helping with running backs and linebackers. He also lends a hand as an assistant coach with JV lacrosse. When it comes to coaching, every coach I have ever spoken with at the high school level does it for many reasons. I have yet to meet one who does it for the money, because quite honestly there is none. Galante’s reason is quite simple. “I had some really good coaches when I was here at Milford and they encouraged me and made me a better person,” Galante said. “We’ve had quite a few of my old teammates come back and are coaching now too. We all want to give back and help be part of building a legacy at Milford.”
Another aspect of coaching that Galante was surprised by was the amount of work that the coaching staff puts in. “As a player, you practice you go home or do whatever. When you’re a coach, after practice or a game your work is just beginning,” Galante said. “It all pays off, however; because you are helping to build individuals.”
Abbott was a three-sport athlete while attending Milford, earning varsity letters in baseball, wrestling and football. On the gridiron, Abbott played two solid years at quarterback. Upon graduation in 2011, Abbott continued his education at the University of Delaware, earning his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. Currently, Abbott is a Physical Education teacher at the Milford Central Academy.
Abbott’s reason for coming back to Milford is similar to that of Galante, he wants to give back to the community and school system that meant so much to him growing up. “The great thing about Milford athletics, and it doesn’t matter what team sport you’re talking about, everyone is in it together,” Abbott said. “We all come from different backgrounds, but we all have one thing in common, and that is Milford. It’s our town and we care about it as well as each other.”
Abbott always had his eyes set on coaching and is making it his lifelong pursuit. “I’ve always enjoyed being involved in athletics, coaching is the next logical step,” Abbott said. “I’ve tried to really tailor my coaching to each individual athlete. Not every student is the same, so you really must understand what makes them tick to make them a better player, but more importantly, a better person.”