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SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Gregg Miller, Columbus Mifflin High School head football coach

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When Gregg Miller announced in 2002 that he was stepping down as the head football coach at Columbus Brookhaven High School, some people were puzzled, including myself. In 17 years, he led the Bearcats to 10 City League titles, 7 playoff appearances and two State semifinal finishes.

He insisted he was not retiring but would come back some day if the right job surfaced.

To set the record straight, Coach Miller was stepping aside to see his two sons, Ryan and Brent play football. He was taking time for his family, which was the right thing to do.

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Coach Miller did spend time as an offensive coordinator at Gahanna, Independence and Walnut Ridge.

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But after those stints, the right job did surface.

The Mifflin High School administration, led by Principal Jonathan Stevens, called Gregg to see if he would be interested in the job. Stevens told him that they would upgrade the football stadium with new lights, a new running track and a new locker room. The school had a vision that Coach Miller liked. Miller also had several people in the building who were on his side. Athletic director Butchie Washington and Men’s basketball coach Gene Caslin, who was a teammate of Miller’s at Eastmoor wanted him to take the job. The athletic director helped Miller assemble a staff of assistants which include defensive coordinator Marcus Ray, who played at Eastmoor and the University of Michigan.

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So Coach Miller set out to revitalize the Mifflin football program. He is back in the City North Division with Beechcroft, Brookhaven, Centennial, East, Linden, Northland and Whetstone.

The 55-year-old Miller relishes the program. He came into the job with the idea of every player having a clean slate with no starting jobs guaranteed. The kids respect him because he is honest and nothing is ‘personal’ when he corrects mistakes plus, most of his players’ dads have played for him in the past and they’ve told their sons, “listen to Coach Miller because he is a proven winner.”

Columbus Mifflin is not like most city schools which are in the inner city. The school’s campus is in the northeast portion of Columbus, Ohio, sitting right in back of the Easton shopping center complex. It is in a very good area.

Coach Miller says that the school is improving in other ways than just football. There is 50-member band, which they hadn’t had in years. The parents are helping out as well, something you don’t always see at city schools. There is a team dinner every Thursday night. And the school has some of the best facilities in the City League.


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There are three things that Mifflin has like most City League schools: speed, athleticism and talent. But Coach Miller told the team that they have to learn to use their athleticism productively and to play with intensity.

The Punchers were coming off of a 2-8 overall record, 1-6 in the City North and needed to improve in all areas.

The top players for Mifflin this year include: Jr. WR/CB Troy Robinson who was All-State, First Team All-District as a sophomore. At 5’9, 165 he had 7 Interceptions a year ago. Sophomore WR/CB Kamaron Green who is 5’7, 144. Senior OC/DT Ezra Kenley, Senior OT/DT Shawn Cook, Senior QB/DB Jacques Dorsey, Senior FB Rashad Turner, TB/DB Rodney Culp. This group has experienced a 5-25 record the past three years and Coach Miller knows the talent is there to do better.

The Mifflin Punchers still has four games to go in the season. October 8, they’ll travel to Northland; October 15, they’ll host Linden; October 22 they visit Whetstone and October 29 they’ll play at Coach Miller’s old stomping grounds, Brookhaven.

So far this season, Coach Miller has instilled a winning attitude into the Punchers.

They beat Grove City Central Crossing on August 27, 42-14 after trailing 14-0. On September 3,defeated Columbus Independence, 14-8 as Kamaron Green returned a kickoff return 70 yards for a touchdown in the 4th quarter right after the 76ers went ahead.

September 10, they lost at Watkins Memorial, one of the top teams in the Columbus area, 42-18.

September 17, they got back into the win column, with a 53-8 win over Columbus East. Jacques Merrion-Dorsey threw for 147 yards and 4 TD’s.

The last two weeks have been tough, as they lost to Centennial and at Beechcroft. So they are 3-3, 1-2 in the City League North. But progress is being made in just 6 weeks of the season.