Kent Miller's 30 years of coaching experience on the high school and college levels made him just the person Lexington Christian Academy was looking for to take over its girls' basketball program.
Miller, 57, replaces Nick Cann, who had a two-year record of 15-41.
"I think Lexington Christian is a gem," Miller said. "I think it's a great school, a light to the community.
"Not only that, I think there are some kids here that really want to play basketball and be athletes. And when you have motivated young people, they're fun to coach.
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"Throw in some wins and it's even more fun."
Miller has been an Eastern Kentucky University women's assistant the past seven years. He also was on the EKU staff in the late 1990s. His college experience includes one season under Happy Osborne at Georgetown.
Miller's high school credentials include head coaching stints at Madison Central (girls) and Model (boys). He got his start as a boys' assistant at Bryan Station under Bobby Washington in 1985.
LCA Athletics Director Terry Johnson said Miller was the "ideal choice" to take over a struggling program that was once a state power. The Eagles were Sweet Sixteen champions in 2007, and they won multiple All "A" Classic titles in their heyday.
"We wanted a coach who can get this program to be successful again," Johnson said. "But we also have a heart for each individual player. We want to help them get to the next level. To do that, they have to develop their skills, and Kent understands what that takes."
Miller said a return to high school basketball will "rejuvenate" his enthusiasm.
"The recruiting and traveling part of college coaching was getting to me. I think the change will do me good. I'm really excited to get going here."