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 Photo courtesy of the Groveport Heritage Museum
 Thomas Worthington High School boys varsity basketball coach Bob Miller obtained his 500th coaching victory on Jan. 22, but did you know that the first 10 years of Miller’s stellar 34 year varsity coaching career were as head boys basketball coach at Groveport Madison High School?

Miller first came to Groveport Madison in 1965 after graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in education. His coaching career began as an assistant junior varsity football coach, freshman basketball coach and varsity golf coach. Later he also coached junior varsity basketball. For the 1973-74 season Miller was named head varsity basketball coach and over the next 10 years his Cruiser teams compiled a record of 150-54 for one of the most successful basketball coaching reigns in Groveport Madison history.

 

Miller’s first team in 1973-74 finished second in the old Mid-8 League, the school’s best finish since 1968-69. Following the demise of the Mid-8 the following year, the Cruisers joined the Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) where Miller’s Cruiser teams dominated the hardwood for the next several seasons winning OCC titles in 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, and 1982. The 1975 title was the first championship for Cruisers boys basketball since the 1964 squad won the Mid-8. Miller’s 1975 and 1976 teams won a combined 34 out of 39 games.

Miller and his family eventually moved to Worthington where he became the varsity basketball coach at Worthington High School in 1983 where he has been in that capacity ever since.

Pictured here is Miller coaching his 1975-76 team during a timeout. (Photo from the 1976 Madisonian.)

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