During his time at Sequoyah, Miller has overseen the hiring of several coaches, and he’s beginning the process of adding lacrosse to the school’s offerings — the first new varsity sport introduced since the school’s opening in 1990. The softball program has maintained its successful stature, and the boys basketball team has become a staple in the playoffs.
“The biggest thing is trying to develop an athletic program that is going to be successful — working with the coaches, going and seeing the kids in action and just building the best program we can in this county,” Miller said. “That is what keeps me going.
“We haven’t reached that state championship under my helm yet, but, hopefully, we will eventually get there.”
Others are taking notice of Miller’s accomplishments. He was recently named the Region 7AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year.
Miller, who played baseball, football and basketball growing up, went to college on a baseball scholarship.
“I knew that, once I became a teacher and a department chair, I wanted to get into the administrative side,” he said. “Athletics was where I had the most interest.”
In addition to attending sporting events, Miller also makes sure the school is in compliance with requirements such as physicals and emergency contacts. He checks student eligibility and makes sure the coaches are conducting their practices and competitions within the Georgia High School Association’s allotted dates.
Outside of athletics, Miller handles discipline for a portion of the student body, and he supervises the custodial staff.
“I deal with all of our booster club presidents and look over all the athletic budgets coming in from booster clubs and school funds,” he said. “I make sure that we have accountability. My job is to be the visible face of Sequoyah athletics at our events. It’s my job to make sure that everything is running smooth, that all our kids are where they need to be and our coaches are doing what they need to do.”
As the only high school in the county that does not have lacrosse, Miller was often asked why. He said enrollment had a lot to do with it.
With the opening of both Creekview and River Ridge, Sequoyah’s enrollment has decreased. In Miller’s nine years at the school, he has seen the enrollment drop from nearly 2,300 students to 1,500.
“It is just very difficult when you have a depleting population to try to add a sport,” Miller said. “We feel like we have hit the bottom and are about to plateau out and see some growth over the next few years.”
Still, it’s his goal that the Chiefs will offer lacrosse at the club level during the 2014 season and at the varsity level in 2015.
“We did a student survey to get an idea of the interest level,” Miller said. “On April 17, we held a meeting with the kids and parents and we are currently taking responses from those parents to develop a board for the booster club.”
The next challenge will be finding quality coaches without adding teaching spots. The school will also contend with limited field space both for practice and competition, and it may have to find a location off campus to serve that purpose.