According to the Bureau of Labor statistics and Forbes magazine, the average worker stays in his/her job for 4.4 years. No one has ever accused Bob Miller of being average. After 49 years of coaching interscholastic basketball, Coach Miller announced his retirement last Friday afternoon.
For the past 31 years Coach Miller has been the varsity basketball coach first at Worthington High School and then beginning in 1992 at Thomas Worthington High School. Over that time his teams amassed a record of 423 wins and only 269 loses. They won numerous league and district championships. During his career Coach Miller was named the AP State Coach of the Year, he’s been given the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award, and he has been inducted into the Ohio Capital Conference Hall of Fame for his longevity, success and his commitment to youth. Before coming to Worthington, Bob coached the Groveport-Madison Cruisers for 18 years. Wow!
I was a high school student at Worthington High School in the late 80′s. I never had the opportunity to play basketball for coach Miller because he smartly chose to cut me from the freshman team. However, not only was Bob a basketball coach, he was a dedicated and successful teacher. I was a student of Bob’s in 10th grade health class as he attempted to navigate and tackle difficult subject matter with high school students.
In Worthington we think so highly of Bob Miller that we named the basketball court at Thomas Worthington after him. But, it’s not just his coaching success that makes Coach Miller special. Great coaches like Coach Miller are molders of young men and women. They care more about their athletes and their athletes’ overall success in life than their success on the court. The discipline and work ethic they seek to instill translates into both wins in the athletic arena and wins in life. They are the ultimate teachers of grit, resilience, and toughness. Bob was all that and more.
You’re likely very familiar with the plight of Thomas Worthington baseball coach Steve Gussler. As coach Gussler has battled cancer treatments over the past several years his attendance at school was dependent on his treatment schedule. Several years ago, after Bob had officially retired from teaching, he asked our human resources department if he could volunteer without pay to be the substitute health teacher anytime Steve needed to be out of class for treatment or recovery. His only interest was self-less- how could he help a colleague and how could he help make sure the kids in Worthington got what they need.
Many people know Coach Miller better than I do, but my belief is that it was his self-less dedication to others that allowed him to dedicate 49 years of his life to coaching and teaching. Coach Bob Miller retired from basketball Friday having made a positive difference in the lives of students in Central Ohio for three generations. Worthington will be forever grateful for his faithful service! Thanks Coach!
- Trent Bowers, Assistant Superintendent