Milford XC Coaches
coach bob spath
Coach Bob Spath is entering his 5th season as the head coach of the Milford Cross Country team. During his tenure thus far, the boys and girls teams have earned 4 divisional titles, a conference championship, and a conference meet championship. In addition, he was named Coach of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. The teams have also placed several runners on the All-County and All-Conference teams for Kent County and the Henlopen Conference, respectively. Several runners have gone on to run at numerous colleges including St. Bonaventure University, University of Delaware, Goldey-Beacom, Delaware State University, and Delaware Tech. Coach Spath is an accomplished endurance athlete who has completed several marathons and Ironman® events. He has 7 children and lives in Milford with his wife.
coach lance skinner
The 2018 cross country season will be coach Skinner’s fifth year serving as assistant coach. During his time here, the team has won four 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 5 in Bridgeville. Besides running, he also enjoys fishing, watching his boys play baseball, serving on the DIAA Special Olympics committee and is a member of the Milford Little League board of directors.
coach steve venett
Coach Steve is entering his third 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. He is currently planning on participating in his second full distance Ironman® race in Lake Placid, New York in 2019.