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Knox County High School announced the hiring of 2013 KCHS graduate Nathan Miller as head varsity boys’ basketball coach for the upcoming school year. Nathan Miller spent the most recent two seasons as Boys Head Varsity Basketball coach and Athletic Director at the Adair County R-II schools at Brashear.
Nathan Miller takes over from Keith Gudehus who led the Eagles to a 15-6 overall record during the 2020-21 school year. Mr. Gudehus will remain at Knox County R-I as an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director.
“I’m excited to be home,” Nathan Miller said. “I have been looking forward to this opportunity to work with my guys. To get in the gym and get after it. I’m ready to be back at Knox.”
Nathan Miller was a football, basketball, and baseball player at Knox County. He was an all-conference and all district lineman during his junior and senior seasons. Miller went on to play three seasons of college football at Iowa Wesleyan University before transferring to Culver-Stockton College.
Coach Miller graduated from Culver-Stockton College with a degree in Physical Education in 2018. Miller graduated with a MA Degree in Education.
A June 25, 2021, Press Release issued by the Knox County R-I School District included the following statement. “Knox County couldn’t be more excited to welcome back one of our finest student-athletes to serve as a leader in our school.”
“We look forward to watching his positive influence both inside and outside the classroom. Coach Miller will teach Middle School PE.”
Nathan Miller offered the following comments to the Edina Sentinel. “I do think without a doubt that Brashear’s basketball team is going to be competitive,” Nathan Miller said of the 2021-22 Tiger boys’ basketball club. “Those are hardworking boys. They are going to do great this upcoming basketball season.”
“Transitioning from Brashear to Knox in a growing family. Just me being around home again,” Nathan Miller said. “It made the most sense. Being closer to family. Financially and my love for being part of the Eagle nation. The stars aligned. It made the most sense for us all around.”
The upcoming season may be a banner year for area high school boys’ basketball. Green City and Meadville made 2021 Class 1 playoff runs. Harrisburg, Fayette, Salisbury, and Knox County are strong Lewis and Clark Conference contenders. Scotland County ended the Eagles district bid with a semifinal victory.
Monroe City and Salisbury made the state semifinals last season. Macon and Centralia may challenge. Highland’s boys have a great senior class coming to the court this winter.
The Cougars are coached by Brock Butler. Coach Butler is Nathan Miller’s brother-in-law. “Coach Butler has done his due diligence for Highland,” Nathan Miller said. “Highland has a chance to make a big run. I know from going and watching multiple games, not just from this year but from previous years as well, those kids are competitors as well.”
“They are going to be tough night in and night out. They are not going to take a night off,” Nathan Miller said. “They want to win every single game, every single chance they have. Props to them. Brock (Butler) does a great job with them.”
“I think it’s kind of the same situation for us,” Nathan Miller said of a talented, athletically gifted group of Knox County boys’ basketball players. I didn’t get to see any of the teams in our conference with me being at Brashear.”
“We are going to have to compete night in and night out. From what I have been told, conference wise it’s ours to go and get,” Nathan Miller said of the upcoming basketball season. “There are some great teams in our conference.”
“We have a good chance of being successful and going deep in the playoffs,” Nathan Miller said. “There is a chance of seeing some of these teams in conference in the post season as well. I have coached the sophomores and juniors in Middle School Basketball.”
“This summer is going to be a great chance for me to go and see how some of these boys play amongst one another,” Miller said. “I will go back and look at some film. See what they do and get a feel for what their tendencies are. This is a big season for us and a great opportunity.”