WILLIAMSTOWN -- One doesn't have to tell Mount Greylock wrestling coach Ray Miro that Dwayne Miller is a great assistant.

"He has been a great asset to our program since he's been here," Miro said. "He does a tremendous job and we're very glad to have him. In wrestling, assistant coaches make your program."

Miller, who has been at Miro's side for the past seven years, was recently named Assistant Coach of the Year for Massachusetts by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Miller is one of the more experienced coaches in the county. Prior to joining Greylock, Miller was the head coach at Hoosac Valley for two years and then worked as an MIAA administrator for four years. Before that, he was an assistant at Pittsfield High School for six years.

"He has a tremendous passion for the sport," said Miro, "and a deep well of knowledge for the technical aspect of it."

Miller is also the founder of MassWrestling.com, a high school wrestling website, although he is not involved with it now. Since Miller was hired at Greylock, he handles the team's website and Facebook page.

"It's a good way to keep the kids involved and excited," said Miller, who -- while saying he was excited and surprised by the honor -- admitted he was not comfortable talking about himself "unless this can benefit our wrestlers.

"There are six other assistant coaches on our staff," he said. "They work very, very hard, as hard as I do.


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They are just as deserving of this recognition."

"He's right," said Miro. "We're not the kind of people who toot our own horn. But Dwayne has been around as long or longer than most of the head coaches in the county. I think he certainly deserves to be recognized."

In the end, both Miro and Miller agreed that the aim is to benefit the athletes.

"It's not really about us, this is all about the kids," said Miro. "If they benefit, then we're all happy."