Millikin's Gritti goes from lawyer to head football coach

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New Millikin head coach Dan Gritti, a former New York corporate attorney, traded in the courtroom for the football field. New Millikin head coach Dan Gritti, a former New York corporate attorney, traded in the courtroom for the football field.
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Dan Gritti had a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University, a law degree from Wisconsin and a good job as a corporate lawyer in New York, but something was missing.

The Boston native felt the call to what he calls "develop personal relationships rather than be in a library by yourself for 12 hours a day", so he began a journey in coaching that would take him to Indiana University, Middlebury College, the University of Chicago and, most recently, Rhodes College.

Gritti's latest mission is turning around Millikin, and his first goal in turning around the Big Blue program is no surprise for an ex-attorney: hypervigilant attention to detail.

He's not alone in his cerebral approach to the game: offensive coordinator Brent Barnes got his bachelor's degree from Rice University, while defensive coordinator David Szentesy is a graduate of Hobart College.

Millikin finishes up spring practice on Friday afternoon.

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