MERRILL - John Miller is no stranger to athletics in central Wisconsin.
"We knew of Merrill and the community, and it was a really big positive thing for us to pursue this job," said Miller.
Miller is the new activities director for Merrill High School and Middle School.
"I'm learning every day here," said Miller.
He's originally from Fond du Lac, but he and his wife have lived in south central Wisconsin before. Now that he and his family have moved to Merrill, they couldn't be happier with their new Bluejay family.
"Not just be involved, but be invested in our school and community and to be able to provide a great experience for our families and our students here at Merrill," Miller said of his goals for the new job.
Miller is taking over for Rick Bonnell, who will still teach at the high school.
"He's helped me a lot in the transition piece, being free to answer any questions, being available, things like that," Miller said.
Bonnell played a big role in establishing the new Jay Stadium, which was built last summer. And Miller has some ideas for even more changes.
"We are currently working with some community and the school board on potentially looking at the idea of upgrading the electronic system in the field house as well," he said.
Miller is the activities director for 300 student athletes, grades six through 12.
"Being able to help them figure out who they are and become leaders in the community. So when they leave and graduate here, they feel that their time here was amazing and they want to come back and give back," Miller said.
First up on his list was to meet with all of his coaches and figure out a game plan with them.
"What we want to do to be able to provide our student athletes and our community and what's the best avenue to take for that," said Miller.
The fall sports season has already started, and John says he's excited to see what this chapter holds for him.