Edinboro OC, Miller, to return to pro football in ‘developmental league’

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports Editor/Spectator

Last offseason head football coach Scott Browning had to search for a new offensive coordinator and will be doing the same this offseason.

Offensive coordinator Mike Miller will not be returning for the 2015 season as he has accepted a position in a “developmental league.”

Miller informed the players in a meeting Thursday morning.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Miller would not elaborate on his new destination stating that the team’s staff will be announced in the summer. He would confirm, however, that he will be an offensive coordinator with the team.

The Clarion graduate and former NFL and CFL coach was hired last July on a one-year contract.

“After I thought and prayed about it, with my faith in God, I just thought that it was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up,” Miller said about the new job.

When offered the position earlier this month, Miller said it wasn’t so easy to make a choice.

“It really was a tough decision because of my relationship with the players,” he said. “I think we have some very special kids here and I enjoyed coming to work every day. I will always be supportive of Edinboro and the Fighting Scots and I’m very thankful for the opportunity.”

Miller also noted that he was in the running for the head coaching position at Clarion, but withdrew from consideration once the offer came through.

Sixth-year senior quarterback Cody Harris completed 69.6 percent of his 342 pass attempts for 2,344 yards, throwing 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions under Miller’s tutelage.

“Coach Miller set a new standard for the entire team,” Harris said via a text message. “...My time with coach gave me a new perspective, on and off the field.”

Despite his stay in the Boro lasting only one season, Miller will cherish it forever.

“It came at a perfect time in my life,” he said. “It allowed me to get back to western PA, back to my home and I really enjoyed it. We just had the best kids there. I want to thank Coach Browning, [Director of Athletics] Bruce Baumgartner and [Assistant Director of Athletics] Todd Jay for giving me the opportunity.”

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports for the Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com