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home : sports : sports Tuesday, January 16, 2018

5/17/2017 Email this articlePrint this article 
Miller steps down
Sabers made two state appearances in head coach’s five seasons

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

For just the fourth time since 1971, the Central DeWitt football team will have a new head coach walking its sidelines this coming fall.

Sabers head coach Mike Miller has resigned, pending the school board's approval.

Miller, the current assistant K-6 principal, is set to become head elementary principal in July, and will shift his full attention to that new role.

With the resignation of Tim Bradley, Central DeWitt will reorganize the administration of the elementary and intermediate schools.

Starting July 1, Miller will head pre-school through third grade at Ekstrand Elementary, and Bill Petsche, now an instructional coach, will be principal for the intermediate school, grades four through six, according to Superintendent Dan Peterson.

"I have enjoyed the opportunity to lead the Saber football program the last five years," Miller said. "I have enjoyed building relationships with both the players and coaches.

"Although this fall will be much different than what I am used to, I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve the students and staff within the Central DeWitt school district in a different capacity."

The Sabers won 19 games in Miller's five seasons, highlighted by an 8-4 mark in 2012 that featured a trip to the state quarterfinals, where Central gave eventual state champion Decorah its closest game of the season.

The Sabers returned to the playoffs the next year as well.

Central activities director Kurt Kreiter, whom Miller replaced in 2012, said school officials were waiting for potential teaching vacancies and applicants before making a hire, but will look to fill the position "as quickly as we can."

"I am more concerned about filling with the right person," Kreiter said.

As a result of the administrative changes, Petsche will give up his role as assistant coach of cross country.

Those personnel changes are on the board's agenda for Wednesday's meeting.

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