Dover might have a new football coach next fall, but that could depend on Bill Miller's decision whether or not to reapply for the position.

Miller confirmed Thursday night he was told by school administration earlier this week it plans to advertise the position. Miller has been a physical education teacher at Dover for 18 years.

"It was a surprise," said Miller, who has been the school's head football coach for 14 seasons over two stints. "I wasn't expecting it. I was just having a meeting with the returning players on Friday before that on goals and expectations."

Dover athletic director Rich Leathery declined to comment on why the position was opened. When asked if Miller can reapply, Leathery said all applications will be accepted between now and Jan. 11.

Miller said he has not decided whether he will reapply for the football job. He did, however, affirm his desire to keep working with players through the offseason unless he is told to stop.

The week has been a hectic one for Miller, who is home recuperating from a procedure on Tuesday in which a mass was removed from his upper back. Miller said he planned the surgery so his recovery would be in sync with the holiday break. He likely will not see most players until returning to school in January but said he sent an email to players' parents to keep them updated.

Dover is coming off 4-6 season. In 2011 the Eagles were 9-2, shared the YAIAA Division II crown and qualified for the District 3 playoffs but returned only three starters on each side of the ball from that team. Most of Dover's team is expected to return next season.
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