It’s been 30 years at the helm as a high school football coach in the state of Georgia for Bruce Miller, who announced Tuesday that he would be retiring as head coach of the Red Elephants.
Miller spent the past 16 seasons at Gainesville, where he led the program to 157 wins to only 46 losses, highlighted by a 2012 State Championship and 2009 State Finals appearance. For 19 straight seasons, he has led his team to the state playoffs.
Most recently, Gainesville went 4-7 in 2017, inching its way into the postseason. As a whole, Miller had a 225-126 record, that included nine region championships as well. He was with Gainesville (2002-2017) for 16 seasons, North Forsyth (1997-2001) for 5 seasons, as well as Cass (1988-1996) for 9 years.
For Miller, his career was so impactful for the Gainesville community, as he delivered the program’s first-ever championship. He leaves as the second-winningest coach in Red Elephants history behind only Bobby Gruhn, whom the stadium in Gainesville is named after. Gruhn had 254 wins from 1963-1992, while Miller had 157 with the Red Elephants alone. Gainesville never once failed to make the playoffs with Miller at the helm.
His career includes coaching some all-time greats in Deshaun Watson, Blake Sims, TJ Jones and many others who went on to star at the NCAA Division-I level and the NFL.