By MIKE IBANEZ
The Gregg Miller era at Lewisville High School is over.
Miller, who is moving to Texarkana to become Texas High School coach Gerry Stanford’s defensive coordinator, announced his resignation to Farmers players on Friday before sending them off to spring break. He went 15-35 in his five seasons at LHS.
If Stanford’s name is familiar, it should be. He was LHS rival Flower Mound Marcus’ head coach for the previous three football seasons.
The Lewisville ISD communications office confirmed Miller’s resignation, stating only that the position of head coach at Lewisville High is open. Miller cited family as the reason for the change — specifically, the opportunity to spend more time with his wife and two young daughters, who are becoming active in soccer and basketball.
“This will free me up for the opportunity to watch my girls do their activities,” said Miller, whose dual role as athletic coordinator forced him to keep late hours covering sporting events at LHS year-round. “I’ve always explained to the kids I’ve coached here that the most important job they’ll ever have is to be a good dad, and this is an example of that.”
Miller’s last day at LHS will be Friday, March 24. Pending Texarkana ISD board approval, his first day at his new job will be the following Monday.
Over the past three years, Miller developed a relationship with Stanford while their teams squared off annually for “The Battle of the Axe.” In the 2016 season, Miller’s Farmer team defeated Marcus for the first time in 10 years.
“[Stanford] and I had always battled it out and we became really close friends through that rivalry,” said Miller, who moved to LHS after 12 years as a defensive assistant at state powerhouse Katy. “We always said that if one of us got a great opportunity somewhere, we should take along the other since he’s an offensive coach and I’m a defensive guy.”
Stanford, who went 20-12 in three seasons at Marcus, was named as the head football coach and athletic director at Texarkana on Feb. 23, setting in motion the sequence of events that led to Miller’s hiring.
“He got that deal and the family and I went out there to check things out,” said Miller, a resident of Bonham in northeast Texas. “We came back and thought about it, prayed about it, and did the math and came to the conclusion that it was the right thing for us.”
Miller said his announcement caught his team off-guard and was emotional.
“I definitely showed them that a man can cry,” Miller said. “There was a lot of crying and a lot of hugs. I was a little shocked, and the moment will definitely stay with me for quite awhile.”
Despite never posting a winning record, it was generally perceived that Lewisville football was on an upswing under Miller’s guidance. Strength and conditioning programs were implemented under his watch, leading to a larger group of recruited players under his watch.
When the Farmers beat Marcus last season, they were 3-2 but dropped their final five games and missed the playoffs.
“I believe we became more competitive while I was here,” Miller said. “Our kids were respected by our community and our opponents. We honored the game with the way we approached it each day, and while I wish we could count playoff appearances and district championships, I am proud of our body of work.”
It is undetermined who will take over the temporary reigns of the LHS football team as it continues its off-season program and approaches spring practice.