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Pat Miller steps down as OABCIG basketball coach

Thursday, March 22, 2012

IDA GROVE- After nine highly successful seasons, Pat Miller has decided to step down as head girls basketball coach at Odebolt -Arthur/Battle Creek -Ida Grove, according to a story in the Sioux City Journal.

Focused on the Game In this file photo, OABCIG Coach Pat Miller (lower right hand corner) and his assistant coach focus on the Falcons' play on the court while Pat's mother, the late Donna Miller (upper left corner) keeps the team's books. Miller announced Tuesday that he is stepping down from his extremely successful coaching tenure at OABCIG. Photo by Dan Whitney.
Miller, who has also served as the high school principal fo 11 years, said he decided to resign his coaching position shortly after the end of this year's state tournament, and the OA-BCIG school board accepted the resignation this week.

Pat Miller graduated from Aurelia High School in 1983, and following his education at Westmar College he began his coaching career at Sutherland High School.

In nine seasons in Ida Grove, Miller's teams - first at BC-IG and then OA/BCIG, have won a fantastic 89% of their games, compiling a 226-27 record. His overall mark in 19 seasons as a head girls coach at Sutherland, Waverly-Shell Rock, Wall Lake View- Auburn and Mount Vernon is 349-102 (a 77.3% winning percentage), and he has coached five state tournament teams over the past seven seasons.

OA-BCIG captured the Iowa Class 2A state championship in 2010-2011, but had a 52-game winning streak snapped this season when they lost to Hull Western Christian in a state semifinal.

Miller guided Battle Creek-Ida Grove to back-to-back state runner-up finishes in 2006 and 2007, and his teams produced a first- or second-team all-state player for eight straight seasons.Two of those players - Kelsey Bolte and Jessie Pauley - were named Miss Iowa Basketball, and Bolte went on to enjoy a stellar career at Iowa State. Pauley will play at the University of Northern Iowa next year.

Pat and his wife, Mary, will spend time following the collegiate career of their middle son, Isaiah, who just completed his freshman basketball season at Graceland University.

"We had to follow our oldest son Elijah's games (at Wayne State College) on the Internet, but now we'll be able to go to all of Isaiah's games and we're looking forward to that," said Miller.

According to Miller, a search is under way for his replacement.

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