Caleb Miller resigned as St. Johns boys basketball coach on Monday, a week before the start of practice and four weeks before Dec. 3, the first date that boys teams can play a game.
“As the start of the season was approaching, I realized I don’t have the same energy, drive and desire to get through the season,” Miller said. “It’s a personal feeling I have been dealing with for some time.
“I want to spend more time with my responsibility toward being a father of my third-grade daughter (Ella) and a (high school science) teacher. I was talking with (athletic director) Chris Ervin, and we felt it was better to make the decision before the season started than to get into the season and not be able to give the time and energy needed to be effective as a coach.”
Miller has coached the Redwings for six seasons. St. Johns compiled records of 14-8 and 12-9 the past two seasons, and last spring St. Johns captured the CAAC Red title even though starting point guard Jonathan Harden missed a significant portion of the season with an injury.
“He’s got a lot going on,” Ervin said. “As the conversation progressed, he felt he needed to resign and walk away.”
Miller hopes his assistant for the past four years, former Ovid-Elsie coach Denny Baratono, will become his replacement.
“We’re looking to hire an interim head coach, and should have something ready for an announcement more than likely on Friday,” Ervin said.
“My time at St. Johns has been really rewarding,” Miller said.
“I have had tremendous student-athletes, parents and administrators to work with, and it was a very difficult decision for me to make.”