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- January 3, 2024
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Ron Miller’s football playing career took off half way through the 1986 season when, because of injuries, he got an opportunity to step into the starting line up and never left it again. That Tornado eleven went 9 and 2 during the regular season and won a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs as a wild card. They got to play an undefeated Valley View team in the semi finals and came away with a surprising 21-14 victory. Of course, with the win came another chance at Gary Brown’s Millionaires in the Conference final. Brown’s 4 touchdown performance ended that plan, but didn’t take away from the fine effort of the 86 team.
Ron would go on to start 23 more games over the next two seasons at MCA and finished his career with a loss in the Dist 11 Championship game to eventual State AA Champion Bethlehem Catholic.
That 88 team would also lose to eventual AAA champion Berwick and finished at 8-3-1. After the season, Ron was recognized as a first team all anthracite guard by the Reading Eagle and was given honorable mention all state by the Associated Press.
Miller then went on to Susquehanna University where he was a four- year letterman and was named captain during his senior year. He was a first-team MAC All-Star at offensive guard as both a junior and senior at Susquehanna and earned “special mention” All-America honors according to Don Hansen’s Football Gazette as a senior. During his final two years, he helped the Crusaders record two of their most successful seasons – going 11-2 and making the NCAA semifinals in 1991, and 9-1 while just missing the playoffs in 1992. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science from Susquehanna University in 1993.
After graduation, Miller served as an assistant coach for one year at both Wagner (N.Y.) College and Emporia State (Kan.) University. He coached the defensive line at Wagner and wide receivers at Emporia St. He went to Wilkes University in 1995 and coached the quarterbacks and receivers under coaches Joe DeMelfi and Frank Sheptock for three years. He the returned to his alma mater as an assistant under head coach Steve Briggs.
Miller, who also serves as Susquehanna’s head men’s lacrosse coach, resides in Selinsgrove with his wife, Jennifer.