Adam Miller has a vested interest in Coral Springs Charter School’s junior varsity football team this season.
Not only as the head coach of the school’s varsity football program, but as a Charter alum who has been through it and someone who knows what it takes to keep the successful tradition going strong.
“It’s very important for the young players to know what it means to balance so much, and the beauty at this age is knowing how to excel at everything,” said Miller, who graduated from Charter in ’07. “Being on the reverse side of that as a coach [now] makes me more understanding of what it takes and how it feels to be in their shoes.”
Eighth-graders Alex Schneider and Richard Klang are projected to contribute as the team’s secret—and youngest—weapons on the offensive and defensive lines. Both endearingly are referred to as the younger brothers on the team.
“They come to work hard every day and add to our team’s overall talent,” Miller said.
But more than a good work ethic, Schneider is already familiar with the school’s football program. He was on the middle school team last year and plans to use that prior experience as a springboard for this season.
“It feels great to be asked to play for the jayvee football program now. I hope to see myself and my teammates develop as people and players and build character,” Schneider said. “It’s great to have a coach who knows what it takes and the fact that he has previous experience and knowledge with this program can help make it that much more successful.”
Schneider and Klang are expected to block up front for three standout freshmen—wide receiver/running back Zack Weber, running back Cam Perez and quarterback David Vazzola.
Summing up all variables this season can only equal a thriving program and Dan Dunham, the Panthers’ head JV football coach, is optimistic about the return of Miller.
Dunham coached Miller, who recently graduated from John Carroll University in Ohio, at Charter for several years and appreciates his gridiron sense and work ethic.
“Being fresh out of college, [Miller] brings that type of atmosphere here; discipline, organization and dedication,” Dunham said. “He makes this environment even better with everything he’s learned from here previously and what he learned in college.”