Miller opens up football coaching search

After flying the job through the district, Miller High School opened up the search for its next head football coach to out-of-district candidates Tuesday to what athletic director John Romagnoli described as a lot of interest.

“We have calls and resumes coming in from all over,” Romagnoli said. “It’s been a pretty hectic response. In-state, out-of-state, high school, college. We have a lot of people interested in this job and for good reason. We have a new stadium and a lot of talent.”

The position opened up in a bizarre manner November 10, as Jeff Strycula was removed less than 24 hours before the Rebels played Redlands East Valley in their season finale with the league title on the line as a reaction to a hazing incident involving several players. Miller was coached by Mike Farnam, who is Miller’s head track coach, in the game, which it lost 21-7 to eliminate it from the playoffs.

As far as Strycula’s replacement, Romagnoli said that the ad for the position would be posted until next Wednesday, with finalists and interviews being chosen and given shortly after the posting closes.

“There were a lot of loose ends that had to be tied before we opened the job,” Romagnoli said. “I made it my duty right after we got back from winter break to get this process going and we’ll work hard to get a new football coach in here.”