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Cornell’s Peter Milliman to become next Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach

Peter Milliman will leave Cornell to become the next Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach, a source with direct knowledge of the hiring told The Baltimore Sun on Sunday.

The source spoke under the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

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In less than three full seasons with the Big Red as the interim head coach in 2018 and the head coach in 2019 and 2020, Milliman compiled an overall record of 28-10 that included an 8-4 mark against Ivy League competition. The 2020 team opened the season with five consecutive wins and rose to No. 2 in Inside Lacrosse’s media poll before the NCAA canceled all spring sports because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Milliman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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ESPN analyst Paul Carcaterra said that Milliman’s tenure at Cornell was highlighted by molding an offense that finished the 2018 and 2019 seasons ranked fifth in scoring among all Division I schools.

“I think Peter brings a lot of strong qualities to the table,” said Carcaterra, a former All-American midfielder at Syracuse. “He’s coached some innovative offensive teams in the past few years at Cornell. And he’s shown an ability to recruit as part of the Cornell staff to bring in some players and develop them at a really high level. For example, a guy like [attackman] Jeff Teat who played under Milliman under some capacity as an assistant coach, interim head coach and then head coach in that offense has really flourished and has been super-efficient. I think that’s one of [Milliman’s] best attributes. They’re really efficient.”

Named an assistant coach for the 2019 U.S. men’s national indoor team, Milliman has previous international coaching experience as the head coach of the Russian national team, which made its debut at the 2014 FIL World Championship in Denver.

Milliman’s time at Cornell began when he arrived there as an associate head coach for the 2014 season. The director of the Big Red Leadership Institute Program at the time was Jennifer S. Baker, a Hereford High School and Naval Academy graduate who is the current athletic director at Johns Hopkins.

Milliman was an assistant coach at Princeton in 2013. He was the head coach at Division II Pfeiffer from 2009 to 2012, where his teams amassed a 37-26 record and helped him earn two Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year awards.

He was a three-time Division III All-American at Gettysburg, where he helped the Bullets reach two NCAA championship games.

Milliman succeeds Dave Pietramala, who had helmed the Blue Jays for 20 seasons but was in the final year of a four-year contract extension. The university announced April 14 that it had parted ways with Pietramala, who is the program’s winningest coach with 207 victories – 49 more than the late Bob Scott.

Pietramala, who spent three seasons as coach at Cornell from 1998 to 2000, guided the Blue Jays to NCAA championships in 2005 and 2007, two more title game appearances in 2003 and 2008, and three more Final Four berths in 2002, 2004 and 2015. He is the only person in men’s college lacrosse history to capture an NCAA Division I national championship as a player in 1987 and as a coach

Carcaterra acknowledged the burden on Milliman to replace Pietramala.

“Dave Pietramala is an icon,” Carcaterra said. “I’ve been following lacrosse for 38 years, and when I think of Hopkins lacrosse, without hesitation he’s the first person that comes to mind. He’s the greatest player in Hopkins lacrosse history, and he’s the all-time winningest coach in Hopkins lacrosse history. So yes, there’s going to be pressure, and I’m sure Peter – knowing that the job was open and knowing when he became a part of the process – knows that there’s pressure, and he’s the type of person that is probably welcoming it.

"It’s one of the few jobs in lacrosse where there’s pressure to win from Day One. It’s Johns Hopkins and Syracuse in terms of that rich tradition of expecting great teams every single year. I think the pressure is high now as well because of the climate of lacrosse that we’re in.”

A formal announcement is expected to be made Monday.

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