Dave Miley reached the ultimate heights as a baseball manager. He led the Cincinnati Reds from 2003-05, and while he only spent those three seasons in the big leagues, he coached for various teams in the Reds minor league system for 14 years, then later took up the helm of the Yankees’ AAA teams in both Columbus and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He even coached in Puerto Rico, managing Indios de Mayaguez.
In short, he has about as much experience as any 54-year-old coach, and that’s before one considers the seven years he spent as a player in the minor leagues. Now he’s aiming to transmit that wealth of experience to a bunch of Indiana teenagers. Really.
As first reported by the Brookville American-Democrat, an Indiana newspaper, Miley has agreed to become the new head baseball coach at Franklin County High School, following former coach Tony Windle. His appointment is expected to be approved by the Franklin County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees in due course.
Needless to say, the Franklin County officials are thrilled, and surprised, that Miley was interested and available.
“I think it’s an honor for the community to have someone of (Miley’s) experience and knowledge willing to coach our team,” Franklin County athletic director Todd Sacksteder told the American-Democrat.
The real question revolved around what would motivate Miley to take up this new challenge. The answer? Family, with the opportunity to help lift the quality of young baseball players serving as a major bonus
“It’s time to settle down,” Miley told the American-Democrat. “My wife is from the area and about 80 percent of her family went to school here. … This is going to be home for us. Giving back to the community is part of it, but I’m really excited about the opportunity.
“I’ve been fortunate to be around and coach a lot of good players. I plan on having guys from the Reds and other organizations come and speak to our players. Next year, each player will get better, and we’ll be prepared and fundamentally sound.”