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Boys Basketball

Miller retires as Thomas coach


Bob Miller resigned as coach of the Thomas Worthington High School boys basketball team April 10, ending a coaching career that spanned five decades.

Miller, 72, amassed a 573-323 career record in 41 seasons as coach at Thomas and Groveport, including a 423-269 mark in 31 seasons with the Cardinals. He coached a total of 49 seasons, beginning his career in the 1965-66 season as the freshman coach at Groveport.

"Basketball's always been my first love, and that's never changed," Miller said. "But I'm an old guy and I've been at this for a long time, and there are a lot of other things that my wife (Judy) and I want to do.

"Our son (Scott) and our two grandkids, Weston and Ellie, live in Louisville (Ky.), and our daughter (Lori) lives near Dayton, and we'd like to visit our family more often. And we love to travel, and we have good friends in Italy and Ireland who we'd like to see as well."

During Miller's tenure as varsity coach at Groveport from 1973-83, the Cruisers went 150-54, won five league titles and were district runners-up in 1979.

Miller was named varsity coach at Thomas before the 1983-84 season. He led the Cardinals to seven league championships (1984, 1985, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2007), three district titles (1984, 1996 and 2001) and five district runner-up finishes (1986, 1988, 2003, 2005 and 2008).

Last season, Thomas was 14-9 overall and 8-6 in the OCC-Central.

During his career, Miller was named district Coach of the Year four times, league Coach of the Year 11 times and state Coach of the Year in the 2002-03 season. He was inducted into the OCC Hall of Fame in 2013.

"I'm competitive and I enjoyed winning as much as any other coach, but the thing I'm most proud of and pleased with is that I got the opportunity to work with so many great kids and people during my time coaching," he said.