Monday, August 31, 2015

Walt Miller

Walter Philip Miller


Born:
July 20, 1915  
Homestead, PA

Died:
January 21, 2001
Lincoln Place, PA  

Career
1930-31 Homestead High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1931-32 Homestead High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1932-33 Homestead High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1934-35 Duquesne University (College)
1935-36 Duquesne University (College)
1936-37 Duquesne University (College) 
1937-38 Pittsburgh Pirates (NBL)
1938-39 Pittsburgh Pirates (NBL)
1938-39 Homestead High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Assistant coach
1939-40 Pittsburgh Pirates (Independent)
1939-40 Homestead High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Assistant coach
1940-41 Pittsburgh Pirates (Independent)
1940-41 Homestead High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1941-42 Hagerstown Conoco Oilers (Independent)
1941-42 Leheny (Pittsburgh Municipal)
1941-42 Homestead High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1942-43 Corbett (Pittsburgh Municipal)
1942-43 Homestead High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
Norman, Oklahoma  (Military)
1945-46 Youngstown Bears (NBL)
1946-47 Pittsburgh Ironmen (BAA)
1946-47 Homestead High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1947-48 Altoona Railroaders (AAPBL)
1947-48 Homestead High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Head coach
1948-49 Altoona Railroaders (AAPBL) - Player / head coach
1948-49 Homestead High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Assistant coach
1949-50 Altoona Railroaders (AAPBL)
1949-50 Homestead High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Assistant coach
1950-51 Altoona Railroaders (AAPBL)
1951-52 Homestead High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Assistant coach
1942-53 Homestead High School - Pennsylvania (High School) - Assistant coach
1953-54 Wilkinsburg High School - Pennsylvania (High school) - Head coach
1954-55 Wilkinsburg High School - Pennsylvania (High school) - Head coach
1955-56 Wilkinsburg High School - Pennsylvania (High school) - Head coach
1956-57 Wilkinsburg High School - Pennsylvania (High school) - Head coach
1957-58 Wilkinsburg High School - Pennsylvania (High school) - Head coach
1958-59 Wilkinsburg High School - Pennsylvania (High school) - Head coach
1959-60 Wilkinsburg High School - Pennsylvania (High school) - Head coach
1960-61 Wilkinsburg High School - Pennsylvania (High school) - Head coach

From Homestead, Pennsylvania, Miller played both football and basketball at Duquesne. After graduating, he became a teacher and coach at his alma mater, Homestead High School. In June of 1942, Miller was released from Homestead as the enrollment of the district dropped, so he enlisted in the service. He served in the US Navy during World War 2, before returning to the pro basketball court, all while continuing to be an educator. He moved to Wilkinsburg High School (PA) in 1953, and was eventually promoted to Athletic Director. He retired in 1975, and died following a stroke in 2001. He married schoolteacher Alice Bullion Miller in 1941 (1915-2006) and the couple had a son, Walter Miller Jr, and a daughter, Eileen Olar.

Source:
Pittsburgh Press, February 11, 1942
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 19, 1942
Altoona Tribune, December 7, 1948
Altoona Tribune, November 26, 1949
Daily Republican (Monongahela, PA), May 21, 1953
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 24, 2001

Stats:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbl/players/m/millewa01n.html
http://www.justsportsstats.com/basketballstatsindex.php?player_id=millewa01

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