After four years, Paonia head baseball coach Nate Miller announced that he is stepping down.
From 2015-2018, Miller coached the Eagles to an 88-10 record, two league titles and state titles in 2017 and 2018. In those last two seasons, the Eagles were 49-2, and went undefeated in 2017, and Miller was also named Class 2A Coach of the Year by the Colorado High School Activities Association.
In 2017-2018, 11 Paonia players made the CHSAA's all-state teams. Pitcher Kayden Seriani was named 2A Player of the Year and was named to The Denver Post's All-Colorado baseball team.
But it was his ability to coach son Jaden Miller, a three-time all-state honoree, and his connection to the players that stand out. "It was a tough decision," he said. "You get attached to those kids and it's tough."
He had planned to stay two more years before heading out on a new business venture that makes it impossible to fulfill coaching duties at Paonia. "Hopefully, someone within the organization will step up and take over," said Miller. "They've got a good team this year."
Miller also played for Paonia from 1996-1998, during which Paonia won three consecutive state baseball titles. "Paonia baseball is my life," he said. "I'll miss it, but I'll still be there."