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ARCHBOLD SCHOOL BOARD OPTS TO NOT GIVE MILLER GIRLS BASKETBALL COACHING JOB

Archbold School Board Opts To Not Give Miller Girls Basketball Coaching Job

  Kevin "Scoop" Miller, Archbold girls basketball coach for 10 years, was not offered the coaching job for 2008-09 by the Archbold School Board.     The board opted not to offer the coaching contract to Miller following an executive session that lasted just over an hour at the board's Monday night, Aug. 18, meeting.     Reached Tuesday morning, David Deskins, district superintendent, said he could not talk about the reasons for not offering Miller the contract, because it deals with personnel issues.     He said the board did not give a reason for not offering Miller the job.     Board members noted, "It was time for a change in the girls basketball program," Deskins said.     "We want to go in a different direction," Scott Miller, school board president, said Tuesday.     Record     Miller led the girls to the State Division III runner-up spot in 2002. From 2003 through 2008, his girls teams had advanced in tournament play. They made it to the regional semifinal in 2003, lost in the district finals in 2004 and 2005, and lost in the district semifinal in 2006.     They bowed out in the sectional semi in 2007, and lost in the district semi in 2008.     His first season as the AHS girls basketball head coach was 1998. For six years prior to that, he was the junior varsity girls basketball coach.     Prior to that, he was the boys basketball assistant coach at Edgerton.     Over 10 years, Miller has a record of 175-64, for a 73% winning percentage.     That tops Doug Krauss, who, over 24 years, has racked up a 380-160 record for 70%, and Char Sharp, who coached from 1975 to 1987, and tallied a record of 203-87, for a 70% win record.     Speaking Out     At the meeting, John Downey, Archbold Education Association president, spoke in support of Miller. The AEA is the bargaining unit that represents teachers in the Archbold Area School District. Miller teaches physical education at the Archbold Middle School.     Downey said the board's action was "criminal" in nature, because Miller has spent time preparing for the upcoming basketball season. Downey said that means Miller worked for the program, for which he will not be paid.     Others speaking on behalf of Miller were Doug Krauss, boys basketball coach, and Greg Kuhlman, a private citizen.–Posted 8.19, 11:30 a.m.        

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