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Tom Mix, Published August 02 2012

Moorhead Blues head coach Jeff Miller retires

MOORHEAD – After six seasons as head coach of the Moorhead Blues American Legion baseball team, Jeff Miller is stepping down.

Miller, who guided the Blues to a state tournament appearance in 2008, announced his retirement from coaching Thursday to take a position as the baseball director of Minnesota District 9.

“It has been an honor to coach the Blues,” said Miller who is a Concordia graduate and played for the Blues from 1978 to 1980 under Bucky Burgau. “It is my hometown team … I really enjoyed the ride and I’m going out on my own terms.”

Miller, 50, will continue to work fulltime at the North Dakota Air National Guard and also will serve an assistant to Blues baseball business manager Corey Delorme.

As the baseball director of District 9, Miller will be in charge of running both the Division I and II District 9 tournaments and will oversee administrative matters for all teams in District 9.

“American Legion baseball is very important to me,” said Miller who has recently worked running several regional tournaments at the national level. “It’s an exciting opportunity for me.”

“I think the next progression for me is something like this, and I believe there is a certain way you play the game and American Legion baseball is the way to do it. It is important that we teach young men not just baseball, but sportsmanship. I’m very excited about the position and hoping to keep it for many years to come.”

Later this month, Miller will be the tournament director for the Northwest Regional in Billings, Mont.

Miller will be replaced as Blues head coach by his assistant coach and Concordia graduate Bryant Bergeson.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562