ASHWAUBENON - John Miron spent the past five years as an assistant coach on the Little Chute boys basketball bench after completing a long run as Kimberly's coach.
But Miron wanted to be a head coach again — he applied to be Neenah's new coach after the 2011-12 season but didn't receive the job. He has one now.
Ashwaubenon hired Miron as its new boys coach, replacing Kevin Phillips, who resigned after this past season.
Miron coached 17 seasons at Kimberly and led the Papermakers to the 1994 and 1995 Division 2 state titles. He led Kimberly to 14 WIAA regional titles and five WIAA sectional championships.
"I'm very excited to begin this new chapter in my coaching career," said Miron. "Ashwaubenon is a quality school and program, which I am fortunate to now be a part of. I truly look forward to being part of this school system."
Miron takes over a Jaguars program that was 18-6 last season while reaching a Division 2 regional final where Ashwaubenon fell to eventual state champion Pulaski, 44-43, in overtime. The Jaguars do lose 6-foot-10 Northern Iowa recruit Bennett Koch to graduation but return one of the best juniors in the area in Kyle Monroe.
Ashwaubenon's 18 wins last season where the most since 2007-08, when it was 19-4. The following four seasons Ashwaubenon never was above .500.
Miron will remain a teacher at Kimberly. The boys high school basketball season in the area starts Nov. 11, with the first day of practice.
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