We sat down with the first coach of the football program at Windermere High to talk about his passion for the game and more.
Greg Miller, head coach for the football program at Windermere High, is embarking on an experience not many coaches can claim: building a new program from scratch.
What role has football played in your life?
Growing up, I spent my time between the Washington, D.C., area and Baltimore. (Football) really gave me kind of a sense of purpose and had me focus on the next steps in my life — from high school onto college and from college into the real world. Football for me has always kind of been that one thing that’s consistent in my life and provides discipline.
How did you get back into the game?
I was in the sales business for 15 years, and I just wasn’t happy. I was looking for the one thing I could do, long-term, for the rest of my life. Coaching was the one thing — working with young men, mentoring and sharing my experiences with them — it’s the one thing I always kept coming back to when I was figuring out what I wanted to do.
What motivates you to coach?
For me, personally, (it’s) working with kids, watching them develop and seeing them grow. Being a part of their development, especially those four years in high school — it’s one of the most crucial times.
What’s your favorite coaching memory from before arriving here at Windermere High?
My first year on the college level, I coached at Lackawana College — a top-level junior college program. My first year there, we went undefeated and played in the Valley of the Sun Bowl in Arizona. We went out there and we weren’t expected to win … we played a very tough game, and we ended up winning that game on a last-second field goal.
How have the kids responded so far to you and your staff?
They’ve been taking the coaching. A lot of those kids just didn’t have a fundamental foundation of football and how to properly play the game. As a coaching staff, that’s what we’ve spent most of the summer and most of the spring on. They’re still learning, and there’s still a lot more to teach.
Big picture, how optimistic are you about the future for the Wolverines?
Our future looks really bright — we have a couple kids on our freshman team that can really run and those guys are really, really hungry.