Athletic Director: New Cuyahoga Falls Football Coach to Be Hired by May

Cuyahoga Falls Athletic Director Tom DiFrancesco said the high school will post the opening for the head football coach this week

As of right now, Cuyahoga Falls High School is officially without a head football coach.

On Sept. 10, the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education appointed then-coach Mike Miller as unit principal of Falls High School for the 2012-13 school year, and on Monday, the board approved his resignation as head football coach, the Falls News-Press reports.

Cuyahoga Falls Athletic Director Tom DiFrancesco told the Akron Beacon Journal the football coaching job will be posted internally and externally this week, and he hopes to have a new coach by April or May.

“We hope to pick the best candidate that can keep up the high standards that Mike set,” DiFrancesco said in the Beacon. “Mike had the program going in the right direction after we had fallen on hard times. He is a good, young, dedicated coach. We have gained a good young administrator.”

Miller led the school to a 10-40 record in five seasons.

He's a 1999 Cuyahoga Falls graduate who not only played there, but played football and baseball at Mount Union, where he earned a degree in 2003.

Cuyahoga Falls Patch heard from a few readers with opinions about Miller's resignation and the hiring of a new coach.

  • Adam C. Miller: "Something has to change..."
  • Rick Bonath: "Miller (8-32) had as much of a struggle coaching as Lazzari (5-45) had. With a compiled record of 13-77, maybe it's time to seek out a head coach that has a proven track record. It's not fair to the coaches, players fans or the city to allow a team to struggle in such a way. To find this head coach, it will have to be a search outside of the current coaching staff. Best of luck. Miller and Lazzari are good people and I mean no disrespect to either of them."
  • On Facebook, Miranda Terry: "This actually saddens me as he is a great coach with tremendous leadership. Will he be staying as principal or moving on to something else?"


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