Class 5A defending state champion boys track team will have a decidedly Texas State vibe to it. DeSoto has elevated Donald Miller to head track coach. Miller has been an assistant to retiring DeSoto track coach Mark Brady.
Miller played with DeSoto head football coach Claude Mathis at Southwest Texas State (Texas State.) Miller played at Mabank under Texas High School Coaches Association assistant executive director Joe Martin with Allen coach Tom Westerberg as his offensive coordinator.
"He was a great high school athlete and an even better young man," Martin said. "He has been to fun to follow in his coaching career."
Miller coaches defensive line at Desoto and keeps his football ties as strong as his track ties.
“I talk to Coach Westerberg pretty often,” Miller said. ‘He’s wanting me to come out there to look at their new ($60 million) his facilities. I hope to get out there this summer to take a look around.”
DeSoto, though, is the envy of many state track programs. DeSoto won the Class 5A state title and returns sprinters Tremayne Acy and Don’tre Wilson. Acy was third in the 5A 100 (10.41 seconds), and, along with Oregon football commit Wilson, ran on DeSoto’s gold medal-winning relay in the 4x100.
Miller, who works with sprints and jumps, has brought in DeSoto’s Rayford Ross from Mansfield Timberview to coach middle distances. Ross has been coaching the top high school quarter-miler in the nation in Texas A&M-bound Aldrich Bailey.
Coach Mathis, a record-setting running back at SWT, coaches the 4 x 100 and 4 X 200 relays.
Brady,with Miller as his top assistant, developed DeSoto into a national track power. DeSoto has its ’12 state title and state runner-up finishes in 2004 and 2010.