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Palmyra High School’s winningest football coach resigned from his coaching duties last Thursday.
Kevin Miles, who compiled a 90-52 record during his 12-year tenure at Palmyra, stepped down after easily his toughest season, during which the Panthers went 0-10 after having to forfeit its lone victory.
Miles was suspended from coaching the first game of the season by the district for unspecified reasons.
Then prior to its final game in the first round of the district tournament, the program had to forfeit six varsity games and four junior varsity and freshmen games for violating Missouri State High School Activities Association rules prohibiting players from participating in more than six quarters per week.
On Thursday, the R-I school board, went into closed session to hear from several families. Later, the board went into closed session again at which time Miles’ resignation was accepted.
The difficult season ended a successful run under Miles who had the second longest football coaching run in the school’s history.
Miles took over the program in 2011 after it had gone 2-8 the previous year, and immediately doubled the win total his first season.
The Panthers went 7-5 the next year, starting a string of nine-straight winning seasons that included three state semifinalists and four quarterfinalists, four district titles and two Clarence Cannon Conference championships for which Miles received coach of the year honors.
Miles was a star quarterback for Palmyra during his high school years, and later served as an assistant coach.
He also served as head coach at Putnam County before being hired by Palmyra.