The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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July 15, 2013

Young coach steps up

Medina Journal-Register — Baseball is a kids game played professionally by grown men. Perhaps too often, those who play it at the highest level forget their roots.

For one Medina teenager, this past spring was a lesson in remembering.

Jacob Miller, 19, a member of the Medina High School Class of 2012, played for the Mustangs Varsity Baseball Team for four years. A competitive athlete, he said his original plan was to help a friend coach the Bluejays this past season as an assistant.

“I was still going to school and had a job,” Miller said, adding that he was worried about the time commitment.

During plans for practice one night, Medina Loyal Baseball League Commissioner Chris Goyette called Miller’s friend and said there were more players to be added to every team due to a shortage of coaches.

“He said we’d all need to take on an extra two or three players, and we all already had 11 kids,” Miller recalled. After thinking about it, Miller said he decided to make the time and be a head coach instead.

Instead of adding players to each team, they instead wound up on the roster of the C & H PC Angels and Miller led them.

He was by far the youngest local coach this season, and according to Goyette, he was the youngest head coach in recent memory.

“We discussed how young he was and we worried a little bit about how he would be accepted,” Goyette recalled. As it turned out, that worry went away when Miller brought a youthful enthusiasm to the Angels, and the parents saw that and helped him out when they could.

Miller was a “good fit” for the league, Goyette stated. “It was nice having someone who came up through the system, because it helped us immensely and he provided a good atmosphere for the kids.”

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