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Miller leaving Riverside to become Greer boys basketball coach

Published on Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Greg Miller will be introduced Friday morning as Greer High School's new boys basketball coach.
 
 

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Greg Miller will be introduced Friday morning as Greer High School's new boys basketball coach.

 

 

By JIM FAIR

GreerToday.com

Greg Miller said coaching was a calling when he was introduced as the Riverside High School varsity boys coach two years ago.

Greer has called Miller, 33, back and will introduce him Friday morning at the high school as the boys basketball coach for the Yellow Jackets. Miller replaces Jeff Neely who resigned last week after coaching the Greer boys for 26 years. Neely will coach at Christ Church.

Miller has been head basketball coach two years at Riverside High School and had a cumulative record of 18-32.

Riverside held its basketball banquet Thursday night at the high school.

Miller was an assistant for six years at Greer before selected to replace Murray Long, who is athletic director at Riverside. “We knocked one out of the park” Long said of Miller’s hire. Riverside expanded its basketball program to include a ninth grade team under Miller.

“It’s a shame we’re losing him but we certainly understand,” Long said. “Mr. Crowley (Riverside principal) and I will meet and decide what we’re looking for. The job posting will be through the Greenville County schools system and the South Carolina High School League. “We’re looking to get a large amount of applicants for the job,” Long said.

“(Coach Miller) treated the boys as student athletes, valuing education, having high expectations, and supports them,” Anne Higginbotham, who’s son, Jake, played for Miller last season. “He helps build character and respect for life.”

Pam Freeman, who coordinates arguably the best sports newsletter at a high school in the state, said Miller promoted his players weekly. “Coach Miller was one of the best. He was always one of the first to post his information,” Miller said. “He also encouraged his players to support the community."

Miller, with other Riverside coaches, got his players involved in the community at the Greer Cops for Tots annual event matching young kids with Riverside players.

Miller is a native of Mentor, Ohio where he played for two years at Lakeland (Ohio) Community College. He coached two years at Greer Middle School before promoted to the varsity.

“This is my passion. I don’t think I’m in the business of basketball. I’m in the business of building better men through basketball, and I’m so proud to say I’m a Riverside High Warrior now.”

 

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