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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 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 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 and high schools. The board in April Olsen and Kilday’s contract at athletic directors. Olsen 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 also coached at from 2005 to 2007.

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.

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Michael L Bubba June 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM
The issue to me WayneResident isn't coach Miello. He is a very respected coach and educator. The problem is they should be looking within, not going outside the district. I believe there are very qualified candidates in Wayne. If you want to keep moral up hiring outside the district isn't the answer.
Potter June 13, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Racist, much?
Al Scala June 13, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Joseph....did read the article which was prepared by the PR firm no doubt. I will believe it when I see it!
Al Scala June 13, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Wayne Mom......I believe that Mike is coming out of retirement to take this position. He may have been still employed at Hackensack, although I think I heard or read somewhere he had retired. What tips me off to this is that benefits is allegedly not included. He has benefits for life, once he retires. For all we know, Mike may be collecting his pension, (which May be at or above 6 figures), collecting SS,( which he is certainly entitled to), as well as drawing this 128k salary. If that is the case, he is a very lucky man. These times are difficult for many and he is very fortunate to be doing so well. Heck, I'm envious. However, if that be the case, he has certainly put his time in and is entitled to it.
WayneResident June 13, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I don't necessarily disagree w/ you Michael. I am a firm believer in looking within first and if there is someone as qualified, or better qualified, than Mr. Miello (or anyone else for that mtter), then we absolutely shoujld be looking at them as first choice for hire. I'm uncertain what other candidates are available in the district currently or who might have indicated an interest in the position. My comments were directed more toward the people who immediately jumped all over the fact that Coach Miello had spent time working in Hackensack thus he must immediately be under consideration because of that fact alone vs the fact that he is VERY qualified and could bring good things to Wayne.
WayneResident June 13, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Personally Scondo, I dont care if he continues the winning football tradition at Hills or not. While it's nice to have a winning team, and it's certainly something to be very proud of, I personally won't lose sleep if Hills comes in 1st...or last...next year.
Michael L Bubba June 13, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Joe I appreciate your opinion but you should always look within first. You don't weaken by moving people up. Bringing in outsiders can cause unnecessary anymosity. If we need to go outside because there are no qualified candidates then that's a different story. Though if I were the Superintendent I would steer away from former colleagues. It just doesn't send the right message to the taxpayers, students and teachers.
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) June 13, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Way out of line Joe.
Dory Degen June 14, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I thought the same thing while reading this article! The whole point of an Athletic Director after Olsen and the BOE's debacle of the recent past involving the arrests of the Hills fb players was to get someone with morals. Great, Miello is a legend. But can he keep a clear head and do what is right?
Dory Degen June 14, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Another great point. Why does the AD need to be a football legend?
Dory Degen June 14, 2012 at 01:38 AM
blink. wha,... what? Having 2 AD's worked out fine all these years? Someone please fill this man in!
Dory Degen June 14, 2012 at 01:40 AM
He should have been hired to keep them honest. Not to tote a fancy football history.
Dory Degen June 14, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Agreed x 100
Dory Degen June 14, 2012 at 01:42 AM
We will see.
Al Scala June 14, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Gee Dory, if that's your real name, as far as I'm concerned, the model of one AD in each high school worked fine all these years. What town have you been living in?
Newton June 14, 2012 at 02:18 AM
How does a RETIRED NJ teacher take a salaried position and continue to draw upon his retirement? I know the state is ripe with politicians and police that refine the practice, but does the law allow for teachers to do the same? Or perhaps is this going to be an "Old School" Wayne per diem hire? Politics as usual for this group. Hire a football coach to oversee all athletic programs in the district. And this is different than what we have because????
Parker June 14, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Bubba-maybe you should get more familiar with the district happenings. There have been various internal promotions within the last 6 months and from what I understand potentially more on the horizon. To expect all internal movement in unrealistic and unhealthy.
Nose Wayne June 14, 2012 at 02:27 AM
ALL, I will stop all this bickering NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read between the lines,as I said at 8:17 this morning BOARD- BRING ON ALL RAYS DIRECTORS!!!! If we can't find with all these EDUCATED people to fill this position within the district,WHY DID WE HIRE THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE ?
Dory Degen June 14, 2012 at 02:44 AM
They aren't concerned with the right message. Apparently just hiring their cronies.
Michael L Bubba June 14, 2012 at 01:21 PM
It is unhealthy when every outside hire is connected to the Superintendent.
Concerned Taxpayer June 14, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Athletic operations at the middle schools is probably charging the local sports groups for using school fields. You know to pay the OT for the janitors that are already there 24-7. Just a question, does the Wayne Valley softball team pay the town for using Barbour Pond?
Kichley209 June 14, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Have some foresight Michael L Bubba. If they hired the Super AD internally, one side of town would feel like there was a home field advantage depending on where the internal person came from. I think the idea was to bring in a seasoned neutral person that could move the district forward.
Michael L Bubba June 14, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Kichley209 you are missing the point, this position isn't the only one I question. It seems that every name from the outside that is brought up has a connection to the superintendent. It started with the assistant superintendent. WIth the athletic director I disagree with you. You have no idea how someone from the outside is going to be. The person hiring him could guide his loyalty to one school or the other. Or maybe the incoming person has a personal relationship with someone in a particular school? I have the foresight to see all the possibilities and not just thinking that someone from the outside is the only solution.
Rex miatke June 14, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Anyone that is going to the board of Ed meeting tonight take a look at agenda item H12-01. Very intresting!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pad June 14, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Gonzalez is bringing in all his friends. The Law Firm just has the contract in Hackensack, Miello is also from Hackensack, Berios from Paterson. What doesn't this BOE see? The Wayne District is sinking faster then the Titanic with these people at the helm. Vote them out each November until the entire board is replaced. It seems all the personel in the Wayne School District isn't qualified to lead here in Wayne. Even VPs are being passed over in favor of outsiders. What a stabbing in the back they are getting after devoting a lifetime of service to Wayne. In a few years this district will be a disaster waiting to happen. Moral of the teaching staff will be at an all time low.
Rex miatke June 15, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Board of Ed meeting is not on 77????
Pad June 15, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Maybe instead of a closed door meeting they are holding a closed TV meeting! Imsure you will see it after all is said & done.
Al Scala June 15, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Rex....meeting held at Nellis Drive. Not televised.
Nose Wayne June 15, 2012 at 02:09 AM
They are holding the meeting at the administration building that will not be on television.So much for public input. Hey Pad, closed door,try to get inside ? Wait to see these deals done behind CLOSED DOORS!!
Rex miatke June 15, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I am so confused. I thought it was a regular meeting. Glad I didn't drive down. Was it always set to be closed door at Nellis???

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