Enoch Miller can officially remove the word “commute” from his morning checklist. Even if he walked to his new workplace in Frederick, he could count on one hand the number of minutes it would take to get there.
Miller is set to take over the boys basketball program at Frederick High, a position Larry Frank vacated after the end of this past season. Miller confirmed the move to BoCoPreps.com on Wednesday.
For the past five years coaching and working between Shining Mountain and Niwot, Miller has made a lengthy commute from Arvada. Given the additional hours coaching, it made for some long days.
The family move was in the works before the Warriors coaching job opened up, Miller said.
“My wife and I have lived in a fairly small town home for the past eight years, and we have three young daughters now,” Miller said. “We knew we were going to end up north to get more house for our money, and we didn’t really know where. We found a house in Frederick, about a mile down the street from the high school.
“It really just so happened that the Frederick job opened, and they gave me a chance to interview and I got it.”
Miller spent the past two seasons at Niwot, going from 7-16 in 2013-14 to 14-10 and making the postseason in 2014-15 with a third-place finish in the Class 4A Northern League. Prior to that, he compiled a 59-12 record at Shining Mountain that included an appearance in the 2013 Class 1A championship game.
He said he was grateful for his time at Niwot and for the support of the administration, but that it was time to make a move for his family instead of himself. He has seen from afar the tight community Frederick portrays, and he said he is looking forward to being both part of the school and the town.
“My girls are getting old enough that they want me around more,” Miller said, adding he was proud of the Cougars teams he worked with. “The Frederick community is an awesome place that’s super close-knit, and I love the family atmosphere. I would reiterate that Larry had done a great job there, and the kids work extremely hard.
“He’s put the program in a place where I think future success is on the horizon. Getting to know (new athletic director) Ernie Derrera, I think he’s great. The administration is top-notch.”
The Warriors struggled mightily in 2014-15 after winning 17 and 18 games the prior two seasons under Frank. Frederick won just two games, though they were competitive in several of their league losses.
A couple of players, notably Ryan Yancey (a starter as a junior) opted not to play, but FHS also had a solid newcomer to varsity in junior Chelton Lebon (14.5-point scoring average).
Frank cited family as a reason why he is going to take a break from coaching, but he also acknowledged a feeling that the program needed to go in a different direction overall.
“I think basically that it’s time for them to hear a different voice,” said Frank, who went 74-66 in his seven years there. “I’m not in the school, I’m not a teacher and with my job outside of coaching boys basketball, the amount of hours that it takes to build a competitive program, I was having a hard time putting in that time. Those are some of the factors that were biggest, just time to make a change.
“I’m going to take a step back and be a dad. Family life is pretty tough when you’re a coach, and when your family makes as much sacrifices as you do as a coach, it’s time to give that back.”
Miller will not finalize his staff until the fall, he said.
“I know Enoch real well, and I know he coaches the right way,” Frank said. “For him it’s about the kids, and he’ll do a fine job at Frederick.”
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