Mike Miller will not return as the head football coach at Newport High School next season.
The decision was made about a week ago and the job is posted online. Miller had discussed the possibility of him leaving with Newport athletic director Gill James prior to last season, but ultimately decided to stay.
“I think his primary goals are, if he can, to relocate to Arizona and find a teaching opportunity down there,” James said. “He’s got family down there, so that’s been on his radar for, like I said, over a year now.
“There’s nothing negative in relation to football, Newport. Purely family and a personal choice to try to pursue that. Whether he will find something or not, he just didn’t want to hang it over our head and his head.”
Newport’s football website notes Miller has been the head coach of the Knights for 10 years and been with the program for 19. Calls to Miller were not returned.
Newport lost in the first round of the state tournament last season in heartbreaking fashion to Bellarmine Prep. Among those Miller coached this past season, several will continue their careers at the collegiate level, including senior tight end Drew Sample (Washington commit) and senior Conner Baumann (Eastern Washington), as well as junior offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton (Oregon and Washington offer).