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BATH TOWNSHIP Bath football coach Chris Miller was excited about next football season.

But in the midst of his planning for next season, he received an offer he couldn't ignore.

After weighing his options, Miller and his family are going home.

Miller accepted the job as the assistant principal and athletic director at his alma mater, Ontario High School, this week.

With that, the 32-year-old Miller will be giving up coaching football.

"I knew at some time I'd be giving up football full time," Miller said. "There was an opening at Ontario and now I'm going home. It was hard to pass up. I didn't think I'd giving up football at the age of 32, but I also didn't think I'd be a head football coach at 28."

Miller, who is also the assistant principal at Bath, spent four years as the Wildcats' football coach. He had a record of 16-24 in four seasons at Bath. Last year the Wildcats finished 5-5.

He said it was a tough decision to leave Bath.

"I was very excited about next year," Miller said."It was a difficult decision. I never thought I'd be out of football this year. And what made it more difficult was because of the relationships I made here. The community has been great to us. It's been a great situation for my family here the last four years."

In the end, he said it was a family decision to move to Ontario.

"I'm an Ontario grad (1999) my family lives there and my mom is there," Miller said. "My wife's family is from Mansfield."

Miller was recently hired at Ontario's March Board of Education meeting.

Before Miller came to Bath, the Wildcats had back-to-back 2-8 seasons in 2007 and 2008. Miller went 2-8 in 2009. He then went 5-5, 4-6 and 5-5 in 2012.

"I think the program is in a better place now," Miller said. "Are they there yet? No, but they're moving in the right direction."

While Miller has been involved with football most of his life, he doesn't see himself coaching at any level for a while. He and his wife have three children between the ages of 5 and 2.

"At this point I don't see myself helping out in football," Miller said. "Right now I'm jumping into those (athletic director/assistant principal) jobs with both feet. And my wife is due with child No. 4 in three weeks. .... Football is tough on a family."

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