Milford XC Coaches



coach lance skinner

The 2019 cross country season will be coach Skinner’s sixth year serving as coach. For the 2019 season, coach Skinner will lead the girl’s team as head coach. During his time here, the team has won five division titles and one conference title. He also coached for two years at Selbyville Middle School in 2000-2001, having two undefeated seasons.
Coach Skinner is a Milford native and graduated from Milford High School, Class of ’96.  He is currently listed 11th on the top 20 all-time fastest 5K times and was named MVP for indoor track. He ran cross country, indoor and outdoor track all four years in high school. Coach Skinner is still an avid runner and has completed several half and full distance marathons, including Boston 2015 and 2018. Coach Skinner lives in Milford with his wife and two boys and is a lieutenant with the Delaware State Police, stationed at troop 7 in Lewes. Besides running, he also enjoys fishing, watching his boys play baseball, serving on the Special Olympics Torch Run and is a member of the Milford Little League board of directors.



coach patrick helmick

Coach Patrick Helmick is entering his first season as head coach of the boy’s cross country team. Helmick is no stranger to Milford Cross Country as he is a 2010 graduate of MHS. Coach Helmick was named to the All-Kent County and All-Conference teams in 2006-2009. He was also an All-State selection in 2008-2009. Coach Helmick continued his running career at the University of Kansas and Brevard University.

Coach Helmick is currently employed at Milford High School as a JDG instructor, as well as a member of the Army National Guard. He is married to his wife, Chantel and they have one daughter, River.


coach steve venett

Coach Steve is entering his fourth season of helping out with the cross country team. When asked what he enjoys most about coaching, his response is that helping athletes achieve a PR or do something that they once thought impossible is what makes coaching so rewarding and enjoyable.

Also a Milford alum, Coach Steve graduated from Milford High in 1999 and then went on to attend the University of Delaware. After a few years of living and working upstate after college, he now resides in the Milford area with his wife and two daughters. In addition to running, coach Steve enjoys cycling and multi-sport events. He has competed in duathlons and triathlons of various distances, from sprints all the way up to full Ironman® distance races. Steve has recently completed his second Ironman® race in Lake Placid, New York.