Canterbury School has hired Mark Miller at its new head football and strength coach
The athletics department made the announcement Thursday. Miller assumes his new position in Fort Myers on July 1.
"Mark has many years of successful coaching experience in independent schools, including building a start-up program at Strong Rock Christian School," said Canterbury AD Marc Taglieri. "This experience and his desire to lead a strength and conditioning program for all of our athletes helped him emerge as our lead candidate."
Miller, a graduate of Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., has spent the past 16 years as a physical education teacher, strength coach, football coach and baseball coach at independent schools in Georgia. He served as both head and assistant football coach at Woodward Academy in College Park, Ga., from 1998-2011.
Most recently, he served as head football coach at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove, Ga., from 2011-2014.
"Mark stood out because he is in sync with us here at Canterbury," said Head of School Tony Paulus. "He understands that we look for students who are well-matched with the mission of Canterbury. Mark recognizes the scholar-athlete dynamic and will drive a process to build our football program."
One member of the search committee said, "It is clear that Miller understands how to build a football program at a small independent school, and his vision matches that of Canterbury School."
Miller has outstanding experience leading student-athletes on the field and in the classroom.
"Through the search process, it became clear that we had a shared vision for building a successful football program at Canterbury School," said Taglieri. "Not only will Miller help lead the football program, but I know he will make significant contributions within all programs as our strength and conditioning coach."
Miller also will serve the school as an assistant athletic director.