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Miller steps down as Paonia baseball coach

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Photo by Tamie Meck Paonia head baseball coach Nate Miller poses with players Kayden Seriani (14), son Jaden Miller and Jon Seriani after winning his second straight 2A state title last May in Pueblo. Miller, who joined the program in 2015, has resigned a

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."

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