Ottawa Gee-Gees add former NFL coach to staff, bring back Hall of Famer Piche

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Tim Baines • Postmedia
Publishing date:
Feb 24, 2021 • 12 hours ago • 4 minute read

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With more than 30 years of coaching experience, Brad Miller has been to the NFL (Green Bay), he’s worked with five CFL teams (Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton and Saskatchewan) and now he’s coming to the nation’s capital – to coach linebackers for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.
Meanwhile, a familiar face will return to the Gee-Gees. Hall of Famer Denis Piche, a former Gee-Gees head coach, will return to the team as recruiting co-ordinator.









Ottawa Gee-Gees add former NFL coach to staff, bring back Hall of Famer Piche





For Miller, who was in the NFL with the Packers from 2001-06, it’s another stop in a long journey. And while he’s gotten an opportunity to coach in the NFL – something so many young coaches aspire to do – he looks at each stop as a chance to impact and teach others.
“Truthfully, I never had dreams of coaching in the NFL or CFL,” said the 57-year-old Miller Tuesday. “I’m of the opinion if you’re coaching Pop Warner or wherever you’re coaching, it’s the same. Coaching is coaching. My aspiration is to be the best coaching teacher I can be. The venues I’m coaching in are immaterial. It’s all about the journey and the growth and seeing who you can help along the way. The amount of renumeration speaks nothing to the value of what you do.”
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Miller, who helped with the University of Toronto football team in 2019, doesn’t plan to change his approach with college football players.
“I talk to everybody the same,” said Miller. “I speak to my kids the same way I do to my players, the same way I talk to a guy in the NFL making $20 million a year. All players want the same thing, they want to be successful on the field. It’s a coach’s job to marry the individual success to the unit’s success to the team’s success.”
Miller has known Gee-Gees head coach Marcel Bellefeuille for 20 or so years. They coached together in Montreal and Miller was with the Ticats (2009-11) while Bellefeuille was the team’s head coach.
“We have different approaches,” said Miller. “That’s good, everybody coaches within the construct of their personality. I am a teacher, that’s what I enjoy doing. I enjoy seeing people articulate their athleticism into production on the field.”
Miller jokes that he’s “landlocked in Ontario” with two of his kids – Alexis (14, at Westmount) and Elijah (16, at Bishop Ryan) – in high school in Hamilton.
For Miller, the time was right to join the Gee-Gees. In the off-season, he will help the team with recruiting.
“You never really leave coaching, it’s something you always do regardless of what else you’re employed in,” he said. “When we get back to playing, I will be (in Ottawa) 100 per cent of the time. When we’re not playing, there’s obviously a ton of players (in southern Ontario to watch). We can save a bit of money not having somebody run up the hill and back down the hill again.”
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