Bernard “Barney” Briggs

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Bernard ‘“Barney’” Briggs coached six sports during his 33-years as athletic director at Milford High School. Briggs promoted competition in new interscholastic sports and organized one of the
state’s first athletic conferences. He was to Milford what Bob Dowd, Frank Coveleski and George Shollenberger were to Seaford, Rehoboth and Laurel. Following graduation from Penn State where he
played football, Barney came to Milford in 1939 to coach football, basketball and baseball. His 1939 football team was not scored on until the season’s final game, finishing with a 7-1 record. The
1940 team recorded another 7-1 season, followed that year with 12 wins and two losses in basketball, and an 11-1 baseball record. Milford’s 1947 football team was the state’s highest-scoring team.
Barney introduced track and field at Milford in 1946 and started the annual Milford Invitational Meet in 1950, an event that grew to become the largest downstate track competition. Between 1948 and
1962, he coached nine individual state champions and 1965 state champions in the 880 and mile relays. His 1964 track team won the conference championship meet. In 1963, Briggs led Milford’s new cross
country team to its first winning season. Barney coached Milford’s first wrestling team in 1957 and J.V. teams in 1960-61. He organized the first Milford Invitational Wrestling Tournament in 1959. He
was the primary organizer and founding executive secretary of the new Diamond State Conference in 1959-60. In 1975, the Milford High School Stadium was renamed the Bernard E. Briggs Stadium.



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