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 34 years.
Miller, who was inducted into the United States Tennis Association (USTA) of New England Hall of Fame in 2012, 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.
Miller led the men's squad to an overall record of 9-9 during the 2013-14 season and a berth in the quarterfinals of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament. In 2009-10, she guided the Lyons to a 4-1 NEWMAC mark (14-5 overall) and a spot in the league tournament final for the fifth time in league history. In 2007-08, the men earned a spot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast poll during much of the year after reaching its third straight NEWMAC Tournament final in the spring of 2007. During the 2005-06 season, the men's squad drew its first ITA national ranking.
On the women's side, Miller's squad went 14-4 overall and reached the NEWMAC semifinal for the seventh-straight season in 2013-14. Miller followed up an historic and record-breaking 2009-10 campaign with an even better season in 2010-11. The Lyons won a school-record 19 matches against only two losses en route to their second consecutive NEWMAC Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Wheaton knocked off Nichols College 5-1 in the first round before bowing out to four-time NCAA Champion Williams College in the second round for the second straight year.
For her efforts, Miller was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year and sixth time in her career in 2010-11, while nine of her student-athletes garnered all-conference honors. The 19 wins also gave the Lyons their fifth consecutive season of 10-or-more wins, which broke the program record of four, set from 1988-1992.
The Lyons laid the groundwork for their record-breaking 2010-11 campaign one year earlier, when they captured the program's first NEWMAC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament berth. Miller led the Lyons to a then-school-record 17 wins, including an NCAA first-round victory over Ithaca College.
Named United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) New England Coach of the Year on multiple occasions, Miller owns an all-time record of 352-223-2 (.610) in women's tennis with 10-plus wins in 22 of 33 seasons while having individuals compete in the NCAA and ITA national tournaments. With the men, Miller owns 16 seasons of 10-plus victories over a 24-year span, boasting a cumulative mark of 243-143 (.630).
Overall, Miller has been named NEWMAC Coach of the Year on the women's side four times (2003, 2009, 2010, 2013) and twice on the men's side (2005, 2010). She was also named the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Coach of the Year in 2010, two years after receiving her UTSA High Performance Coaching Certification and the NEW 8 Coach of the Year in 1989.
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.
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. 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.
|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|