Striving to teach student-athletes to cherish the value of competitive tennis in a context that encourages their growth as individuals and productive, responsible members of society, head coach Lynn Miller has been fulfilling that commitment to excellence at Wheaton for 35 years.
Miller emphasizes that physical fitness is a life-long process and that one's athletic life does not have to end upon graduation. In conjunction with the ideals of a liberal arts college tradition, she also aims to maintain the integrity of sport and encourages players to value high ethical standards in competition.
In her 35 years at Wheaton, Miller has coached the women's tennis team since 1980, started and coached the men's tennis program since 1989, and guided the women's basketball program from 1980–84. Miller also served as the director of athletics at Wheaton from 1986–88, the intramurals director (1990-97), sports information director (1991–93), and facilities manager (1993–2000) during her time as a coach. In addition to those duties, Miller was an instructor in the physical education department for 25 years (1980-2004).
Miller has been inducted into the United States Tennis Association (USTA) New England Hall of Fame (2012), Wheaton College Athletics Yowell Hall of Fame (2013) and the Plymouth State University Athletics Hall of Fame (1989). Miller also has collected nine Coach of the Year awards and multiple United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) New England Coach of the Year accolades over her illustrious 35-year career.
Miller was named the USTA Women's Coach of the Year in 2010, and has also earned five New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Coach of the Year (1989, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2013) accolades and three NEWMAC Men's Coach of the Year (2005, 2010, 2015) honors during her time at Wheaton.
Miller's lifetime record among all three sports currently stands at 646–459–2, which calculates out to a .584 winning percentage over 1,107 games/matches. Miller posted a 373-236-2 record as the head coach of the women's tennis program, a 259-160 record in men's tennis and an additional 14 wins as the women's basketball head coach.
Since coming to Wheaton, Miller has played an important role in both teaching and coaching tennis. She is the director and head coach of the tennis camp at Wheaton, which is now in its 30th year. Miller also served as the head clinician for Wheaton's annual high school tennis coaches' clinic from 1985 until 2003. In 1996, she was the coach of the USTA New England Zonal Team in St. Louis.
Under Miller's direction, 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/NE Player of the Year a total of eight times: 1998, 2003, and 2004 (45-and-over), and again from 2005-09 (45-and-over, then 50-and-over). Miller earned co-player honors in 1999 and 2000. In 2014, Miller was also named USPTA/NE Senior Player of the Year.
Miller began her coaching career as an assistant with the men's tennis team at her alma mater, Plymouth State University, in 1974 and earned her first head coaching position in 1977, when she took over at the helm of the Hofstra University women's tennis program. She also worked as a teacher/instructor at Rockville Recreation in New York, Oceanside Recreation, Camp Echo Lake, Averett University and Franklin Continuing Education and Recreation.
A nationally-ranked National Standard Race (NASTAR) ski racer, the multi-talented Miller qualified for the collegiate women's tennis nationals and competed several times in the United States Women's Lacrosse Association (USWLA) nationals.
Miller, who earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Plymouth State University in 1974, was a two-time New England collegiate doubles champion. Miller also received a master's degree with a concentration in sports psychology from Penn State University in 1978.
|1987-88||5-16||1-5||NEW 8 Tournament|
|1988-89||12-5||3-4||NEW 8 Tournament|
|1989-90||13-3-1||4-2-1||NEW 8 Tournament|
|1990-91||11-6||4-3||NEW 8 Tournament|
|1991-92||11-6||4-3||NEW 8 Tournament|
|1992-93||6-11||2-5||NEW 8 Tournament|
|1993-94||10-8||4-3||NEW 8 Tournament|
|2009-10||17-3||6-1||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|
|2010-11||19-2||7-0||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|