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June 25, 2014

Coach of the year: Mike Miragliuolo, Green Hope

Mike Miragliuolo helped lead Green Hope to two conference championships this year.

Mike Miragliuolo helped lead Green Hope to two conference championships this year.

In the fall, he’s a cross country coach and the architect for a program that has blossomed into one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

In the spring, he coached the baseball team to a 21-4 record. The Falcons ended the year ranked No. 2 among Triangle teams by The News & Observer.

But Miragliuolo has done all that before.

This year, he added a book where he puts a spotlight on the everyday victories and struggles of being a high school coach. “The Real Story of a High School Coach” is an eye-opener for those who aren’t sure what high school coaches do on a daily basis.

“I think people believe that we work hard, but I don’t think most people have any idea how much time coaches put in or why most high school coaches coach,” he said. “Keeping good coaches needs to be a priority.”

The excerpts from Miragliuolo’s book stand out more than his excessive winning does.

In the book, he talks about the differences in how North Carolina pays and assists its coaches compared with other states. He recounts first-hand experience with growing sports specialization and explains why it’s a threat to high school sports. He talks about the worst part of the job – making cuts.

When some of those excerpts were printed, one online comment read: “Having played high school sports, I know that the coaches put a lot more into the team than they’re given credit for, and reading his story makes me think that I may have taken a lot more for granted.”

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