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Coaches Support Miller At School Board Meeting




About 45 to 50 persons, including a number of Archbold Area School District coaches, attended the district school board meeting, Monday night, Sept. 15.

Brian Becher, AHS teacher and head wrestling coach, read a statement to board members supporting Kevin “Scoop” Miller.

Miller had been the AHS head girls basketball coach for 10 years, but at its Aug. 18 meeting, the board voted not to renew Miller’s coaching contract.

He retains his position as Archbold Middle School physical education instructor.

Board members have not commented on the reasons for K. Miller’s non-renewal, saying the information is a “personnel matter we can’t get into.”

Scott Miller, board president, previously said the board “wanted to go in a different direction.”

Statement

In his statement to the board, Becher said the coaches present at the meeting “are disappointed with the process which has taken place regarding Mr. Miller’s non-renewal for girls basketball.

“We would also like to assure the public there have been no immoral or unethical actions on Mr. Miller’s part,” he said.

“In conclusion, we feel the reasons noted are not justified for Mr. Miller’s non-renewal. We hope in the future that some sort of proper protocol would be used.”

K. Miller also read a statement to the board in which he said the non-renewal came without any warning.

He said he felt he was a successful coach for many years, but had been non-renewed for no logical reason.

“The real tragedy in this situation isn’t what you’re doing to me, or what you think you’re doing to me. The real tragedy is the terrible lesson you’re teaching the kids of Archbold and the surrounding communities.

“You’re undermining what athletics should be all about,” K. Miller told the board, citing teamwork, doing one’s absolute best, learning the value of hard work, showing respect for others, having integrity, showing good character, and making good choices, “just to name a few.”

“What you are communicating to kids through this process is very degrading, and is not what helped our school achieve the excellence it has achieved.

“You still have time to do the right thing, and believe me, the kids will see what you do whether you want them to or not.”

(Editor’s note: Miller’s complete statement is available online at archboldbuckeye.com.)

Decision

Miller has reapplied for the position.

Shawn Ramirez, an AHS junior varsity girls basketball coach, asked “on behalf of my girls,” when the board would announce its selection of a new basketball coach.

Scott Miller said, “As soon as possible.”


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