Faces of Roger Bacon
Class of 2026
As an eighth grader at Nativity, freshman Kyle Miller knew he wanted a high school here he would fit in, make great friends, and most of all, have lots of opportunity to not just play sports, but to get on the field early. “To be completely honest, sports were a major part of my choice to pick Roger Bacon,” says Kyle. “I had an awesome shadow day with Vince Guyer (’25) and really felt what a great community Roger Bacon has and how nice the people are, but I was also really excited about athletic opportunities. We had just made a Final Four in football and baseball, and the basketball team is always good and had made another big run in the tournament, so I was excited to be part of this. I also knew if I worked hard I could play early here, so it was an obvious choice from that standpoint.”
Kyle has found what he was looking for at Roger Bacon, and has had a busy freshman year making his athletic goals come true. Kyle made his way to the varsity football roster last fall, helping the Spartans to third consecutive MVC league championship, and catching his first varsity touchdown in a big playoff game.
In basketball, after a very strong start to the season on the JV squad, Kyle saw his first varsity action, and points, as the season drew to a close, and is part of a strong foundation for the future.
Kyle now finds himself on the varsity baseball team, where he is a standout and vital piece of a very young squad that could grow to one of the great teams in RB history. Kyle currently leads the team with a 3-1 record from the mound this season, with 14 strikeouts and a 1.9 ERA.
Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Principal Tim McCoy has great praise for Kyle as a player and student. “Kyle is a special talent on the baseball field. He has a tremendously high ceiling. Not only is Kyle blessed with athletic tools, he is also a phenomenal student. Kyle brings a great energy to Roger Bacon with his competitiveness, team-first attitude, and focus on academics. “
Kyle has indeed also focused on academics, and is a fixture on Roger Bacon’s Academic Honor Roll this year, staying on top of his grades despite a challenging course load and busy practice schedules. “The small classes help, and how great the teachers are. I love my teachers, especially Ms. Krebs,” shares Kyle.
Despite being just a freshman, Kyle has started to look ahead to beyond RB. Kyle dreams of playing sports in college, specifically baseball, and has a list of schools that includes Xavier, Cincinnati, Pitt, Kent State and Tennessee. “I would love to continue to play baseball in college,” explains Kyle, “and probably study something related to athletics, like sports medicine.”
For the moment though, Kyle is just looking forward to what the next three years at Roger Bacon will hold. Kyle is part of a great nucleus of freshman student-athletes, especially on the baseball diamond, that could be on the brink of something special. “I’d love to win a state championship here, for sure,” says Kyle.
In reflecting on his first year at RB, Kyle shares, “There are just so many nice people here. Everyone is welcoming and friendly. Before coming to Roger Bacon, I was really nervous because I did not know what to expect out of high school. Before school started last summer, the first people I met at football practice were so nice and welcoming. It made the transition so easy. I love Roger Bacon because I feel at home and I feel free to be myself. The people and relationships are what make Roger Bacon special.”