Coach Miller challenges business and civic leaders

Who thinks Hancock County is a great place to to do business and live, work and play? We do! Approximately 155 business and community leaders attended the annual meeting of Hancock County Economic Development Corporation, April 12. At the end of the evening, HCEDC Executive Director Jill Kramer asked everyone to raise their hands in a show of support for all that Hancock County has to offer.

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Jim Miller

DUNCAN - Dream big … go above and beyond… and when the going gets rough, do it anyway.

That was the message of coach Jim Miller to Hancock County’s business and civic leaders. Miller was the guest speaker at Hancock County Economic Development Corporation (HCEDC) annual meeting, held April 12 at Duncan.

Miller, former head coach of the Wartburg College wrestling team, is currently emeritus head coach at Wartburg College in Waverly. His career as at Wartburg includes 10 NCAA Championships and 21 consecutive Iowa Conference Championships and numerous awards. He now serves as a professor and motivational speaker.

“How fast can you get rid of the negative in your life and your job?” he asked. “The faster you get rid of the negative, the better you will be at what you do.”

Miller used experiences during his coaching career to illustrate his message of going the extra mile to instill a new workplace culture and sustained success.

 Early in his career, Miller coached at at Charles City High School. He told the story of a wheel-chair bound young man with muscular dystrophy who was the manager for the wrestling team.

“We learned a new definition of what hard work was,” Miller stated. “What this kid went through to get through the day. What I learned is everybody has value. Everybody can contribute.”

Read the complete story in the April 19 Leader.