Oak Glen’s Miller out as baseball head coach
NEW MANCHESTER — T.J. Miller resigned as Oak Glen’s head baseball coach on Thursday.
Miller was the head coach for the last three seasons and was an assistant the previous seven. The Golden Bears finished 16-10 this past season and 10-13 in 2018.
“I’m very thankful for the principal, Dave Smith, and the board of education for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach here the past few years,” Miller said. “It has been a great experience. I built a lot of good, valuable relationships with the athletes. I have enjoyed my time. They have a very good group of kids, and whoever takes over the program will benefit from the quality of kids there.”
Miller’s reasons for stepping aside include having more time to spend with his family and pursue other goals.
“I’ve been there for 10 years and put a lot of time and energy in. I’m at a point now where I think it’s best to focus on some other priorities that I want to take care of,” he said. “There are multiple reasons that go into it. I feel it’s best to walk away at this time and let someone else get in there and do their thing to develop a great program. I am a very big family guy. I want to work on creating a family and stuff like that. There are just other priorities right now I want to take care of and the free time will help a lot.”
Miller also assisted the football and wrestling programs.
“Coaching three sports is a challenge,” he said. “I enjoyed coaching three sports and being around the kids. It was hard to walk away, because I really do love the kids.”
Miller’s message to the players he leaves behind is a simple one.
“Continue to work hard, no matter who takes over,” he said. “Continue to be great young men. There are some talented kids coming back and I’m going to miss them.”
Miller works in the IT department for the Hancock County School Distroct and will continue to do so.
“I have a great job and a great support system there,” he said. “I enjoy working for the schools. I’m a very kid-oriented guy. One thing I want the kids to know is regardless of if I’m coaching or not coaching, I will always be there for them if they need anything.”
Miller did not close the door on coaching again in the future.
“Yeah, absolutely,” he said. “Being a head coach requires a lot of time and a lot of effort and commitment. I don’t feel at this time I have that right now. I definitely plan to get back into baseball, or even stay in baseball, but I’m definitely going to explore some other opportunities.
“I’m going to take some time off this summer to think and see what I want to do.”