Wayne Poised To Add Another Champion Football Coach
As one all-time high school football coach bears down for a final season in Wayne, a Hall of Fame coach from Bergen County is nominated as athletic director. Between them, they have 13 state titles.
The Board of Education is scheduled to vote Thursday on hiring Bergen County coaching legend Mike Miello as Wayne's new athletic director.
Superintendent Ray Gonzalez announce Miello as his nominee for the new position on Tuesday.
The board voted to create the new position in April as part of a reorganizing the administrative structure of the district’s special education, guidance, and athletic departments.
Miello would replace Chris Olsen and Dan Kilday, the athletic directors of Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley high schools. The board in April voted not to renew Olsen and Kilday’s contract at athletic directors. Olsen will remain as coach next season and then retire from the district at the end of the school year.
Miello would oversee the athletic operations at the high schools and the district’s three middle schools.
He could not be reached for comment.
Miello has a long career coaching football in New Jersey. He served as an assistant coach on Greg Schiano’s staff at Rutgers University for four years.
He was head football coach at Hackensack High School and Ramapo High School for 28 years. He won five state sectional championships while posting a combined record of 208-132-3.
More than 170 of Miello’s former players have gone on to play football at the collegiate level. He was inducted into the Ramapo High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
The board is also expected to vote on hiring two site coordinators, one at each high school, to assist Miello. People to fill those positions have not been proposed to the board.
Officials said in a press release that the new structure would have no negative impact on the district’s budget.
Olsen and Kilday each earn more than $120,000 as athletic directors. It is unknown what Miello’s or the two coordinators’ salaries would be if hired.
“Revising the administrative format of our athletics program would provide significant benefits to our students, with emphasis on a level of uniformity representing a more singular focus,” said Superintendent of Schools Raymond Gonzalez. “Overall, we’d become more efficient at utilizing of resources, which in turn would help us realize an appreciable reduction in expenditures.”
Gonzalez could not be reached for further comment. Board President Donald Pavlak Jr. could not be reached for comment.
Miello earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from the University of Rhode Island in 1967. He earned a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Seton Hall University in 1977.
The board meeting on Thursday will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the district's headquartes at 50 Nellis Drive and broadcast online and on cable channel 77.