Former Savage Ken Miller steps down as Roughriders’ head coach

Former Dickinson State player and assistant coach Ken Miller resigned as head coach of the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday.

After three successful seasons as head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, head coach Ken Miller, 69, stepped down on Thursday after three successful seasons.

Miller, 1967 graduate of Dickinson State College, began his coaching career at his alma mater as a student assistant coach under Roger Huffman in 1966 after playing on the offensive line for the Savages in 1959, 1960 and 1965. He has been coaching ever since.

In three seasons, Miller led the Roughriders to a 32-21-1 records and a West Division title in 2009 and two consecutive Grey Cup’s (the CFL’s Super Bowl).

Saskatchewan lost to the Montreal Alouettes 21-18 on Nov. 28 and fell to them 28-27 the previous year. In 2009’s heartbreaking Grey Cup, the Alouettes missed a game-winning field goal but were given a re-kick after the Roughriders were penalized for having too many men on the field. Montreal kicker Damon Duval easily made the 33-yard FG try to give his team the championship.

Miller said he will remain in the Roughriders’ organization as vice president of football operations.

“Some people suggested that I gut it out and come back for one more season,” Miller said during Thursday’s press conference. “Really, I did that because this past year was the one more so it’s been in the works for a while.”

Saskatchewan has begun its search for a new head coach.

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