BY JEFF FALK
One really couldn’t say that Mike Miller founded or constructed the Annville-Cleona wrestling program. But he did resurrect it.
Miller recently stepped aside as the Little Dutchmen’s wrestling coach following 13 mostly successful seasons. Miller cited the demand on time associated with coaching and a desire to spend more of it with his family of five as reasons for his decision.
When Miller took over the program in 2001, the Little Dutchmen had seven varsity wrestlers and could not fill a lineup. But by the 2005-06 season, Annville-Cleona became competitive in Section Three of the Lancaster-Lebanon League by putting a full complement of grapplers on the mat.
Then, Miller’s clubs captured three consecutive section championships between 2009 and 2011. Next season, Annville-Cleona returns three wrestlers – Jeff Inman, Josh Renninger and Matt Darok – capable of reaching the state tournament.
Also an assistant football coach and an assistant baseball coach at Annville-Cleona, Miller is expected to remain in those capacities for the Little Dutchmen.
Annville-Cleona athletic director Tommy Long will post the opening over the next few days and a hiring process for Miller’s replacement will ensue. It is not known whether or not Miller’s long-time assistant, Jerome Simon, is interested in applying for the position.