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Stratford football players release balloons to honor coach who died of cancer


Stratford football players past and present, paused to honor former defensive coach Doug Miller, who died February 7, 2015, after a long battle with cancer.

Miller, who served as the team's defensive coach, also taught for 39 years before retiring in 2013.

According to his obituary, his family held a private service, but many of his former players created an opportunity to honor him at the place they knew him best.

More than a dozen Knights met at Ray Stackley Field Saturday morning, writing personal messages for Miller on golden balloons, before releasing them into the wind.

Recent graduate Michael Simmons, a former Knights safety, organized the event.

"We had coach Stackley, Coach Marion, Coach Sheppard, but Coach Miller was one of the best coaches I could possibly say I ever had," Simmons said.

"I hope he's still watching over me when I go off to play."

Doug Miller was 62 at the time of his death. He leaves behind a wife and daughter.

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