UPDATE: November 27, 2015
Western Athletic Director Josh Larsh tweeted the following: “Coach Miller said he is doing fine and plans to watch Football all day! Happy Thanksgiving Panthers.”
“Coach Miller was released from the hospital earlier today and is now resting at home.”
ORIGINAL POST: November 25, 2015
BY DEAN HOCKNEY
RUSSIAVILLE, Ind. – On Nov. 25, Western High School boys basketball head coach Bart Miller suffered a heart attack hours prior to the Panthers season opening game at McCutcheon. Miller was taken to Community Howard Regional Hospital and underwent emergency surgery.
“Coach Miller suffered a heart attack,” said Western Athletic Director Josh Larsh. “He was taken to the emergency room and had a stent put in place. He is resting with his family. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”
Miller, a member of the Western’s 1990 sectional championship squad, was set to start his fourth season as the Panthers head coach (41-27) after serving as an assistant for several years. Assistant coach Greg Unger will coach the team against McCutcheon.
The Western school administration will evaluate the situation and determine how the team will be coached moving forward. Western’s next game is scheduled for Dec. 4 against Northwestern.
Western was originally scheduled to play Kokomo in its season opener at Memorial Gymnasium, but that game was postponed to Jan. 12, 2016, due to the Wildkats success in the state football tournament.
The Sports Journal extends its prayers to Coach Miller, his family and the entire Western athletic program.