Kevin "Scoop" Miller Statement to the Archbold Area School Board
September 15, 2008
Imagine having your dream job, maybe some of you do, and you’ve had that dream job the past 24 years. The last 17 of those 24 years was for the same company.
During those 17 years your company was one of the most successful in its line of work, and your department, in which you were in charge of, showed significant improvement from when you took over and became one of the most successful around.
Then imagine again, coming in to work one day and being told your dream job is over and you will no longer be working here. No prior notice, just WHAM, you’re out of here. No thank you for your time, no thank you for your loyalty, no thank you for your sacrifices, your commitment, your heart and passion, your efforts, no NOTHING.
Add to that, one month later you still have not heard one comment or even one word from your bosses or board of directors on their decision…..
I don’t have to imagine that, I’ve lived this for the past month now. Those people who I worked so hard for suddenly turned their backs and abandoned me. No support, but even more importantly, never even asking my side or take on anything.
How many of you people would want to be treated like that? Would you want to work for that company?????? Believe it or not I still do! What you have done to me is wrong, but I still believe in this school and community.
I’ve heard through the grapevine that legally you don’t have to tell me why I was “fired”. This may be true, but it certainly does not make it right.
The students at Archbold are smart and they can see what you are doing. They know it is wrong and are most confused, as are we all, in what you are doing.
An e-mail from a young, enthusiastic teacher/coach summed it pretty well when it said, and I quote: “No matter what the situation was, the people I was supposed to be respecting did the right things…. at least that is what I thought. Do you think every student and athlete at Archbold High School thinks that right now? I have a hard time telling a kid to do the right thing and treat people the way they want to be treated when that isn’t happening in the situation that is going on right now.” Unquote.
You know, that is what I used to think, too. 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. A few of my goals as a coach have always been about working together as a team, doing you’re absolute best, learning the value of hard work, showing respect for others, having integrity, showing good character, making good choices, just to name of 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.
When I go home tonight I will look myself in the mirror knowing I did the best I could do. I have no regrets.
I am, however, very disappointed in how someone can give so much, be successful, and be treated so disrespectfully. I know you may hire a different coach but you will not find another person who loves the game and the kids more then I do, and who wants to coach Archbold Basketball more then I do.
I thank you for your time.