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Robert J. Miller

Inducted in 2012


Picture of Robert J. Miller Coach Miller started boys tennis in Crestline in 1967. Coach Miller won over 400 matches and was the first coach from Crawford County to take a doubles team to the state championship in 1971. Miller also coached the girls tennis team and took a singles player, Rebecca Nedelkoff, to the state in 1981. In 1969, his team went 19-1 and in 1977, the Bulldogs finished a perfect 19-0! Coach had 25 former players go on to play tennis in college. Jacque Poole went to the NAIA National Championships for four years. Coach Miller was inducted in to the Ohio Tennis Associations Hall of Fame, 1987, making the eighth Crestline native or Crestline teacher to reach a state hall of fame. He is also a member of the Bellefontaine High School Hall of Fame, the Crestline High School Hall of Fame, the Lakewood Racquet Club Hall of Fame and received the Bowling Green Alumni Service Award in 2002 for his service to Crestline and his coaching. Coach Miller instituted the building of the tennis courts at Crestline High School that are dedicated and named for his late son, the Richard “Dicky” Miller Tennis Courts.

Coach Miller began his career in 1960, as a health and physical education teacher, as well as Athletic Director, at Crestline High School, for many years. His wife Jane (Haley), also taught in the Crestline School District. They have two children, Elizabeth (Mark) Smith, and Richard, deceased. They have three grandchildren. Coach currently is a member of Crestline City Council and serves his community in many ways. Miller is a member of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Executive Board and also served as the vice president. He has taught instructional adult tennis lessons and is a speaker at college-level tennis clinics. Coach also loves to play golf with his many golfing buddies.

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