REGINA (CFL.ca wire) -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced on Wednesday that Ken Miller is the clubâs 27th head coach in modern history.
"In a world consumed with style over substance, Ken Miller is pure substance,â said general manager Eric Tillman. âHe is very, very bright; he's an outstanding communicator, a true consensus builder, yet, he can be very decisive when needed. Perhaps as important as any attribute, Kenny has enormous respect in our locker room. That high degree of respect will become very, very apparent to all as the media speaks with our players in the coming days."
"In one way, this was an easy decision because of my enormous respect for Kenny; in another way, though, it was incredibly difficult, because of my admiration and affection for several others involved in this process. In truth, there wasn't a right or wrong choice, rather, multiple good choices."
"One of the major factors in my decision was the diversity of Kenny's coaching background. He's been a successful head coach, and he has the benefit of experience on each side of the ball, offence and defence. As one coach, who worked with Kenny in Toronto, said to me during this coaching search: âbecause Ken Miller is low key, and isn't a self promoter, he may very well be the CFL's best kept secret.' In time, I believe many will understand the wisdom of those words."
Miller leads the Roughriders coaching staff after serving as the teamâs offensive coordinator last season. Miller helped lead a Roughriders offence that led the CFL in touchdowns in 2007. Prior to joining the Roughriders, Miller spent five seasons coaching with the Toronto Argonauts. In his time with the Argonauts, Miller coached the quarterbacks, offensive line and defensive line and was a key member of the teamâs 2004 Grey Cup championship.
"It's such an honour and privilege to be named head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. I want to thank Eric, Jim and our board of directors for this wonderful expression of confidence.â
"As we go forward, our goal will be to achieve the very same high levels of excellence we established during the 2007 season. Success is achieved as good people work together toward a common goal. In that vain, I have such admiration for the other members of our coaching staff, and I look forward to working with them again in a collaborative effort.â
"As coaches, we are very fortunate to have a tremendous nucleus in our locker room. Our men have demonstrated leadership, character and a clear understanding of the significance and value of teamwork, all of which are required to win a championship."
"As the 2008 season begins, though, it is important to recognize the fact we will be challenged each and every week, and, as such, we must be a better team this year. That will be our objective, and it will be reflected in the manner in which we work and prepare, as we seek the excellence our fans deserve."
Before joining the CFL, Miller spent nearly four decades in various coaching capacities at the university and high school level in southern California. He joined the University of Redlands as a part-time coach in 1977 instructing the offensive line. In 1984 he made the move to full-time football head coach at Redlands and held that post until 1988. Miller also took up the position of head baseball coach at Redlands in 1986. In 1988, Miller continued coaching baseball, but switched to offensive coordinator on the football team. In 1994, Miller switched to the defensive side of the ball as a coordinator. He moved back to the offensive side of the ball in 1995 and held the offensive coordinator position until his retirement in the spring of 2001.
Miller grew up in Oregon and went to Dickinson State where he majored in physical education and biology. He received his Masters in education from Azusa Pacific.
Ken and his wife Maureen currently make Regina their year-round home. Their children remain in the United States; Kail, currently resides in Oregon, Bob is the head baseball coach at Cuesta College in California. Michael and Melania reside in the Greensboro, North Carolina area and Colleen remains in Redlands California.