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.
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.