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Chris Miller vacates Franklin post, returns as West Linn head FB coach

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Chris Miller vacates Franklin post, returns as West Linn head FB coach

The head coaching job of the West Linn football team has been on-again, off-again since the 2019 season ended. 

After six seasons at the helm, including a state championship in 2016, Chris Miller stepped down at the end of last season for a job with the XFL. 

With Miller gone, West Linn started a comprehensive search for the person to take the coaching seat. 

West Linn found their man in former Oregon Ducks wide receiver Keanon Lowe. However, before Lowe ever held a fall practice or coached a game, he stepped down to take a job at UCLA with his former head coach Chip Kelly. 

With the job once again open, West Linn turned to a familiar face: Chris Miller.

NBC Sports Northwest learned on Wednesday that Miller interviewed and accepted the offer to return to his old job.

Parents were sent an email notifying them of the hire at 7pm Wednesday night.

When Miller stepped down last season it was with good cause. The newly re-imagined XFL was set to begin play in February of 2020, and the Houston Roughnecks tabbed Miller to be the team's offensive coordinator under head coach June Jones.

Miller and the Roughnecks got off to a hot start holding a 5-0 record after five-games, making them the only undefeated team in the league. Thanks to Miller's offense, Houston had the best offense in the XFL, leading the league with 21 touchdowns. 

However, right as things were starting to look up, the coronavirus struck. 

Due to the pandemic, the XFL would end up canceling the 2020 season with the league entirely suspending all operations on April 10th.

With no XFL to coach, Miller went back to high school, this time at Portland's Franklin High School.

The hire was announced on May 14th, with Miller saying at the time, "I chose Franklin so my son Dillon would be my Asst. Head Coach, and because the school is gorgeous, has great facilities, and it’ll be a fun challenge."

In the end, West Linn presented an offer Miller couldn't refuse. 

West Linn is giving Miller and his son the same opportunity: Dillon will serve as OC and QB Coach.

Franklin has gone a combined 2-16 over the past two seasons, and with a coach of Miller's pedigree, they hoped to turn that around.

But just like Lowe at his old/new job, Miller left before ever coaching a fall practice at Franklin. 

Now Miller heads back to West Linn in hopes of recreating the magic he brought the Lions in 2016.