Jim Homan Interviews Ryan Miller following a win against the Golden Gophers of Ridgemont
Ryan Miller has been coaching since 1993 and has served as the head coach of the Kenton girls basketball program since 2010. Over those eight years, the Lady Wildcats won 99 games, posted six winning seasons and last month won the school's first sectional title since 1998. However, Miller has decided now is the time to step away from the sideline.
Director of Athletics at Kenton City Schools Joey Day said that Miller has created an atmosphere of success in the program.
“We really appreciate what Coach Miller has done for the girls basketball program here at Kenton over the last 8 years.” Stated Day. “He has really developed a foundation and an expectation of success and helped to raise the level of talent.” Explained Day. “He has worked to really build something that is sustainable and is a staple here. We really appreciate the time and effort that he has put in and committed to building that up.” Day said.
Miller, who began his coaching career as a Golden Gopher Varsity Assistant boys coach, transitioned to Kenton Middle School and High School boys hoops programs before making the jump to girls basketball.
“That was a big adjustment. There were a lot of things that I learned in those eight years about coaching girls. They are different and in a lot of really positive ways too.” said Miller, who credits great school and community support. “I had a ton of support from parents, I had a ton of support from administration, I had a great coaching staff. It’s about the people that you surround yourself with and I was surrounded by a bunch of great people.” Miller reflected.
This past season, the Lady Wildcats went 17 and 7 and won just the sixth sectional title in school history.
Miller said that while he would miss coaching, it was the right time to make the switch to focus on his family. However, he will not be leaving the district as he completes year one as an 8th grade social studies teacher at the middle school, where he has taught for a number of years.