Hall-of-Famer Millon Finding Success in the Camp Business

By Ryan Rohde

Sixteen years ago, Mark Millon had just finished his stellar career at the University of Massachusetts and faced a tough decision: enter into coaching or go into the business side of lacrosse.

Millon chose the business world, but he still had a need to pass on his skills to young players. He did that by starting a lacrosse camp, and 16 years later it has evolved into a premier teaching camp.

The Huntington, N.Y., native has certainly left his mark on the game of lacrosse. At UMass, Millon garnered All-American honors three times (twice a first-team selection) and led the nation in scoring his senior season. In 1994, he led Team USA to the title in the World Lacrosse Championships. Millon's performance earned him MVP honors, and he was named "Player of the World". He again paced Team USA in 1998 to the world championship, scoring four goals and one assist in a 15-14 overtime thiller against Canada in the title game--considered by many to be among the best games ever played.

Millon played in the MLL for six seasons, where he awarded league MVP once and offensive player of the year twice. Millon received the highest honor any player can receive in 2009, when he was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

With a resume like Millon's, along with his passion for the game, it is clear to see why his camps have been so successful. The 2010 camp circuit will travel to five areas this summer: Ohio, Massachusetts, Long Island, Baltimore and Pennsylvania.

"Lacrosse has been so good to me," Millon said. "My life revolves around lacrosse and I want to share my knowledge with young kids."

With so much competition and a variety of camps for youth players to choose from, Millon knows he has to separate his camp from the rest.

The campers are flooded with instruction throughout the week, which makes it hard for them to remember everything they have been taught. So Millon Lacrosse Camps provides each camper with a DVD that reviews the concepts and techniques learned in the camp. This makes it easy for each player to relearn the skills.

Millon is on site at every one of his camps, helping players get better by the time they leave. Millon, though, admits he can only do so much.

"The camp is only as good as the staff," Millon said. "I look for guys who don't just have the big name but are great teachers. I try to get guys with great communications skills who can teach the young players in the proper manner."

One of the reasons Millon Lacrosse Camps has seen such growth is that it is a year-round job. He prides himself on making the camp the best it can be. Millon and his camp directors often spend 9-10 months filling in staff positions with the right people. The 2009 staff included players such as Nicky Palanco, Bill McGlone, and Mike Leveille.

Millon is currently looking for a new Director of Operations for his camps. The director will help with day-to-day management, including marketing and general running of the business. Just like his camp staff members, Millon is looking for someone with good leadership skills and the dedication to help young athletes become better.

To learn more about the Millon Lacrosse Camps, visit MillonLacrosse.com. For more information about the Director of Operations position, see millonlacrosse.com/director-of-operations.


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