Derrick Webb, Staff Writer
PIKETON — When Evan Legg stepped down as Piketon’s boys basketball coach back on Feb. 26, the Redstreaks started a search to replace a coach that had led the program to a 45-29 mark during his three-year stretch.
Tuesday evening, that search came to an end.
Piketon’s Board of Education approved Kyle Miller as the school’s next head boys basketball coach — a former Redstreak himself.
“The meaning of this job for me is tough to put into words. Piketon High School, its teachers, and administrators [many of whom still occupy the same offices and classrooms that I roamed as a student] played such an integral role in my development as a person,” Miller said. “So many of the habits that I rely on to carry me as a professional, a husband, and a father were taught to me by these individuals. I am excited to step back into the building of Piketon High School as someone who might be able to impact current Piketon student-athletes in the same manner.”
Miller has spent the past two seasons as a varsity assistant at Waverly.
Before that, he was Western’s head coach from 2014 to 2017, where he helped the Indians win a district title during the 2015-16 campaign.
He’ll now take over a program that finished 13-11 this past winter with an 8-6 mark inside the Scioto Valley Conference.
Tuesday evening, on his Facebook page, Miller thanked those who had already reached out to him and expressed his gratitude towards the Waverly community.
“To say I’m excited would be a harsh understatement,” he wrote. “However, I am slightly saddened at the same time. I am so extremely appreciative for Waverly High School in giving me an opportunity to impact so many students and athletes throughout the last two years. The trust that coach [Travis] Robertson, Mrs. Stulley, and Mr. Dickens placed in me to care for, mentor, and teach the students of Waverly was never taken for granted a single day. I find myself in constant amazement of the well-rounded talent we have gracing those Tiger halls and am so proud to have had the opportunity to be even a small part of it.”