Dowd Named Girls Lacrosse Head Coach
By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist · March 23, 2017
Tim Dowd has immersed himself in lacrosse after being named the new girls varsity head coach at Milford High, and the MHS teacher said he's ready to hit the ground running in his first season with the program.
"I am extremely excited, this is a great opportunity and one I am very happy to have," Dowd said. "It's a really great group of kids, a good group of student-athletes, and I am eager to get started. I can't wait to get out there."
Dowd, 34, has been working in the English department at MHS for the past six years and grew up playing numerous sports, with hockey as his primary focus. He coached the junior varsity field hockey team at MHS last fall. He said Milford High School Athletic Director Peter Boucher approached him about coaching lacrosse during the offseason.
"I couldn't wait to sign up," Dowd said. "I knew it would be a lot of the same athletes who play both sports and I have been thrilled to be able to work with them. Coaching field hockey was a great experience."
Playing lacrosse was not an option for Dowd when he was in high school, so he ran track during the spring to stay in shape after hockey season.
"It was something I always regretted," he said. "I wish we had a program, but we didn't. I've seen it grow in popularity and this is my first real 'hands-on' experience.'"
The new coach has been working hard to get ready for the season, even before practices began on Monday.
"It's a lot to learn, so I have been doing everything I can to learn, from watching game film to reading the rule book," Dowd said. "I've been getting schooled and getting ready."
Milford does not have a feeder program for lacrosse, so Dowd said he is hoping his team will be able hone some of the basic skills early in the year and continue to improve as the season progresses.
"I want a strong focus on the fundamentals, we are not going to be successful unless we start there," Dowd said. "That's the ground floor we can try to build from there. We are going to be teaching a lot of the basic skills and fundamentals of the game. We want to get better every day."