This past soccer season was one for the books for the Milford Buccaneers. Milford recorded an undefeated regular season, and then topped it off with the Henlopen Championship. It wasn’t just the Milford community who took note of the Bucs accomplishments, this past week the entire soccer community throughout Delaware took time to recognize the season Milford put together. At the top of the list was coach Todd French, who was named Henlopen and State of Delaware Coach of the Year. It was an honor that surprised even him. “I honestly never thought that I would receive such an honor, it is something that is very special, but something you can’t do alone.”
The words of the Milford coach rang true, when you took a look at the accolades the Milford team itself received when it came to garnering awards. Senior Luke Bogan was selected into the Delaware top XI. Senior Sammy Dominguez was named first team All-State, with fellow senior Manny Carranza recognized as third team All-State. When it came to Henlopen honors, those three were joined by fellow senior goalkeeper Kirk Hammer as first team All-Conference selections. Seniors Shaun Chilton and Aaron Sollie were joined by freshman Luke Sollie on the All-Conference second team. Senior Josiah Moore would also gain All-Conference honorable mention. “When you look at how well we played this year, the players are the ones who deserve the attention. They gave it all they had all season long; I am so proud to have just been a part of this group.”
French also recognized the contributions of his coaching staff. First mentioned was Ed Evans, who has been his coach, friend and mentor over a 25-year relationship. “Ed has meant so much to me throughout my life and he is such a huge part of this program. I honestly don’t know where we would be without him. He is a very special person and I am so lucky to count him as a friend,” French said. Kiki Torres was a four-year starter at Milford and was a fantastic addition to the staff. “Kiki is going places when it comes to coaching. He has a great understanding of the game and it is just a matter of time before he is coaching his own team.” Filling out the staff was Antonio Carranza, who was on the staff, watching his brother play out his final season. “Antonio brought a lot of positive energy to the team, it was really nice to have him on the staff.”
Thanks to the work of many people, including French, the Milford program will be looking to improve as the years go on. “With our coaching camps, we have been able to reach out to a lot of players and teach them basics so that when they come in here, they are ready to play ball at the varsity level,” French added. “We think the foundation is there and I believe the future for this program is very bright.”
For his immediate plans, French plans to step back from coaching for a bit and spend some more time with his family, his wife Lauren and son Teddy. “I have been at this for quite a while and feel that it’s time for a break. I’m not saying I won’t coach again, but family time is very important to me. It’s not like I won’t be here to provide some input, but right now I want to focus on my family.”
French attended and played soccer at Eastern University where he earned his degree in Health Exercise Science. He has continued his educational pursuits as well, earning a pair of Master’s degrees. One in Sports Administration, along with Elementary Education.