NORTON, Mass. – Longtime Wheaton College women's and men's head tennis coach Lynn Miller has been selected for induction into the United States Tennis Association (USTA) New England Hall of Fame next June at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. She joins Dorothy Bicknell, Cornelius Chase, Henry Paige, and Paul Young as members of the Class of 2012.
Miller has been a staple in the New England tennis world for over 30 years as a coach, player, teacher and camp counselor. Now in her 32nd season as the women's head coach and 22nd as men's head coach at Wheaton, Miller has been named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year on the women's side three times (2003, 2009, 2010) and twice on the men's side (2005, 2010). She was also named the USTA Coach of the Year in 2010 – two years after receiving her UTSA High Performance Coaching Certification – and United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) New England Coach of the Year honors on multiple occasions.
"I was so excited when I opened the letter from the USTA indicating that I had been selected for induction into the USTA New England Hall of Fame," said Miller. "I actually started to cry when I read the letter. This induction means a lot to me and somehow makes me feel more 'validated' in a way that I haven't felt before. I am extremely appreciative of this honor."
Miller owns an all-time coaching record of 331-211-2 (.610) in women's tennis and has guided her team to 10-or-more wins in 21 of her 31 seasons at the helm of the program – including a current run of five-straight seasons with 11-plus victories (2006-10). Last season, the Lyons won a school-record 19 matches and captured their second-consecutive NEWMAC Championship. Year in and year out, Miller also sends numerous individuals to compete in the NCAA and International Tennis Association (ITA) national tournaments.
When the college became a co-educational institution in 1988, Miller added men's tennis coaching duties to her resume. Under her guidance, the men's program owns 15 seasons of 10-plus victories over a 22-year span and boasts a cumulative mark of 226-129 (.637). Last spring, the Lyons advanced to the semifinals of the NEWMAC Tournament. Overall, Miller has helped the Lyons advance to the finals on five occasions – all while continuing to coach the women's squad.
"I want to congratulate Lynn on her induction to the USTA New England Tennis Hall of Fame," said Wheaton College Interim Director of Athletics John Sutyak '00. "For 32 years, coach Miller has been a staple in the Wheaton College athletic department, first with our women's tennis program in the early 1980's and then in founding our men's tennis program when we became a co-educational institution. Lynn has touched the lives of so many student-athletes during her tenure here at Wheaton as a coach and administrator. I can't think of someone more qualified to join this elite group in the USTA New England Tennis Hall of Fame than Lynn Miller."
Since coming to Norton, Miller has played an important role in both teaching and coaching tennis. Early in her career at Wheaton, she taught all levels of tennis for the then-required physical education requirement. She also began a highly successful tennis camp at Wheaton which recently completed its 29th year. Miller previously served as the head clinician for Wheaton's annual high school tennis coaches' clinic from 1985 until 2003.
For Miller's coaching and teaching efforts, Wheaton was honored in 2000 as 'Educational Association of the Year' by the USTA of New England. A Level I USPTA and United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR) certified tennis professional, Miller was named USPTA/New England Player of the Year on seven occasions: 1998, 2003, and 2004 (45-and-over), and again from 2005-09 (45-and-over, then 50-and-over). Miller was tabbed Co-Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000 and has been ranked No. 1 in women's singles and/or doubles in the USTA/New England more than 10 times. She has also been nationally ranked in doubles on several occasions.
Miller began her coaching career as a student assistant with the men's tennis team at her alma mater, Plymouth State University, in 1974. Three years later, she earned her first head coaching position when she took over the helm of the Hofstra University women's tennis program. Miller has also coached and instructed physical education majors how to teach tennis at Averett College in Danville, Va., where she was a full-time member of the faculty.
In addition to her time as a coach and tennis instructor, Miller worked at a myriad of recreational programs and tennis camps early in her career. The list includes the three from New York and three from her home town of Franklin, Mass.: Rockville Center Recreation (N.Y.), Oceanside Recreation (N.Y.), Camp Echo Lake (N.Y.), Franklin Continuing Education (Mass.), the Franklin Tennis Camp (Mass.), and the Dean College Tennis Camp (Mass.).
Miller has been a featured clinician speaker at numerous USPTA Conferences and was the coach of the USTA New England Zonal Team in St. Louis in 1996.
Aside from tennis, the multi-talented Miller is currently a nationally-ranked National Standard Race (NASTAR) ski racer and competed several times in the United States Women's Lacrosse Association (USWLA) nationals up until she was in her 30's.
Miller earned a B.S. in physical education from Plymouth State University in 1974, where she was a two-time New England collegiate doubles champion. She also represented Plymouth State at Nationals. She was inducted into Plymouth State's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. Miller received a master's degree with a concentration in sports psychology from Penn State University in 1978.
The USTA New England Hall of Fame exists to recognize those tennis players and non-players in New England whose achievements as sportsmen or sportswomen are worthy of the highest commendation and recognition, or whose contributions as officials or individuals in a tennis-related activity have been so outstanding over a significant period of time as to justify the highest commendation and recognition.