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John Miller

Coaching ∙ Blackhawk

 

 

 

 

John Miller is a true basketball junkie. Since he got into the coaching profession as the junior high head coach in 1962 at his high alma mater of Moon Township, John has been alternately described as intense, dedicated, obsessed, and possessed. In reality he is a master motivator and tactician. The Blackhawk High School boys’ basketball team has had an amazing level of success since John began coaching them in 1976, and John broke the 600 career win mark in 2003. To many programs, a 20 win season is a success but Blackhawk teams have averaged 22 wins over the past 21 years, with seven WPIAL championships and four state titles. The Cougars won 13 straight section titles and had an 111-section-game winning streak, both WPIAL records. John’s squad reached the Final Four for the fourteenth straight time in 2002. His tremendous coaching record has drawn him a lot of awards: numerous Coach of the Year titles at the section and district levels and twice at the state level. John was chosen to coach the Eastern United States in the 1988 Roundball Classic. He has lectured at over 350 clinics and summer basketball camps throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia, and has developed instructional videos on “Drill for Skill the Miller Way,” which was marketed nationally and internationally. During summers, John coached the AAU program and led the teams to various national tournaments. In May 2003 he was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. In 2012, John was inducted with his son, Sean, into the WPIAL Hall of Fame.