Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Laurel Football Logging Its Miles

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Laurel Football Logging Its Miles

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This story can be seen for Miles and Miles and Miles and Miles.

Make a four-point turn at a Laurel High School football practice or game and you'll see a Miles male at every turn. It can start with Mitch Miles, a 6-foot-3½, 295-pound junior lineman who has done quite well, making himself a possible major-college recruit. Already this fall, he has been invited to and attended games at Pitt, Notre Dame and Duke. Michigan State wants him to come for a game in a few weeks.

But if Miles ever wants a pointer from his line coach at Laurel, he must talk to his dad. If Mitch wants to know anything about the team's receivers, he will go to his uncle. And if there is any question about special teams, Mitch has to approach his grandpa.

It's the Family Guy IV show at Laurel, a WPIAL Class 1A school in Lawrence County.

"I think the last few years I've realized how special this is," said Ryan Miles, Mitch's father. "It's a real cool experience not many people get."

Ryan Miles, 46, is Laurel's line coach under head coach Brian Cooper.

Casey Miles, 43, and Ryan's younger brother, is Laurel's receivers coach.

And then there is grandpa. George Miles, 72, is the father of Ryan and Casey, and the grandfather of Mitch. George Miles is a legendary former Laurel head coach, who had a record of 201-128-4 from 1972-2003 and won a WPIAL title in 1980. He is now a volunteer coach with Laurel and coaches the Spartans' special teams.

So how does a teenager like having three family members around as coaches?

"It's a pretty cool experience, at least with my grandpa and spending time with him," Mitch Miles said. "My uncle and my dad push me a little harder."

Ryan Miles was a manager for his father's championship team in 1980. Nine years later, Ryan was a player for his father when Laurel lost in a WPIAL title game at Three Rivers Stadium. Six years later, Ryan joined his father's staff as an assistant and has been coaching with him ever since.

Now, Ryan Miles is helping coach his son, something that he vowed he wouldn't do. …

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