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New AD rebuilds enthusiasm
by Kenda Nelson
Apr 13, 2012 | 1712 views | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Coach Wade Miller was the offensive coordinator at Flour Bluff High School before accepting the athletic director position at Woodsboro ISD recently.
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WOODSBORO – Wade Miller said he “jumped in with both feet the first day” he took over as Woodsboro ISD’s athletic director.

So far, the coach likes what he sees.

“I like small schools a lot better than large ones,” Miller said. “The people here are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.”

Before coming to WISD, Miller was the offensive coordinator at Flour Bluff.

“My goal is to get as many kids excited about playing as many sports as possible,” Miller said. “We start with basics and fundamentals.”

The new coach says his goal is to get 40 kids to come out for football.

“I believe if you do things the right way, kids will respond; they’ve been working hard,” Miller said. “It’s been unbelievable.”

The new coach expects both the baseball and softball teams to go to the playoffs. The girls golfing team advances to the regional tournament in two weeks.

He says he’s excited about next year’s football season because the team only lost three seniors.

“I’m going to instill my discipline – tucking shirts in, always being respectful of officials, hustling to and from or on the court, no jewelry, things like that,” he said. “It’s what I do.”

Miller was born and grew up in Luling. His decision to become a teacher and coach came naturally. His mother, father, grandmother and uncles were all educators and some were coaches.

“I come from a family of educators and I’ve never had a regret about educating kids,” he said.

In addition to coaching, Miller also teaches two geography classes. He believes good teachers are good coaches.

“If you can’t teach them in the classroom, you can’t teach them on the field,” he said.

Miller began his career in Nixon which had never won a playoff game. While he was there, the team won back-to-back championships.

Flour Bluff was also in a slump before he joined the coaching staff. The team has now been to the third round of the playoffs four or five times, he said.

“Making kids act right and be enthusiastic with what they are doing is important,” he said.

Miller will continue to commute to Flour Bluff until his wife, Leigh Anne, a teacher and track coach, and his daughter Gabby, a 6-year-old kindergarten student, complete the school year.