Donald Miller ’54 Inducted 1990

Baseball and Football

Donald   Miller

While earning his undergraduate degree in physical education and mathematics, Miller earned letters in three varsity sports. A quarterback at Waseca High School, Miller shifted to guard under Coach Lloyd Hollingsworth. The move proved to be an shrewd one. As co-captain of the 1954 squad that finished 6-0 in the conference and 7-2 overall, Miller was named to the all-MIAC team. A four-year starting pitcher for the baseball Gusties, Miller had the distinction of playing under three different coaches (Jiggs Westergard, Art Avis and Gus Young). After graduation, Miller started his teaching and coaching career at Hinckley, MN. He returned to St. Peter in 1958, where he coached high school football and baseball for five years. He then joined the Mankato school system, where he taught math while also coaching football, baseball, swimming and gymnastics before being named athletic director in 1973. After a career in coaching and athletic management spanning four decades, Miller was named Minnesota Class AA Athletic Director of the Year in 1989. Now retired, Miller and his wife, Granis, a registered nurse, live in Mankato. The couple has six children: Steve, Doug, Sue, Jo, Dave, and Amy.