MILLER, ERNEST R. "ERNIE"

ERNEST R. "ERNIE" MILLER  (Deceased)

Inducted:  May 2, 1982 in Merrillville, IN

Date of Birth:  February 27, 1914 in Athens, WI

High School Attended:  East Chicago Washington    Graduated:  1933

High School Honors:  Valedictorian 1933; National Honor Society 3 years; played varsity football; All-State Tackle 1932; captain 1932; State Champions 1932; President of Senior Class.

College Attended:  Wabash College            Graduated:  1937

College Honors: Blue Key; Sphinx Club; All-State Guard 1935-1936.

Professional Background:  Scout for Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, and Cleveland Browns.

Coaching Experience:  Coached 20 years at East Chicago Roosevelt HS 1937-1957 with record of 142-39-7; had a winning percentage of .755; after first 4 years, never again had a losing season.

Coaching Honors:  6 undefeated, untied seasons ( 3 years were consecutive); 5 additional seasons with just 1 loss; 6 mythical State Championships 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1955, 1957; 10 Conference Championships or Co-Championships; won every Northern Indiana High School Conference Play-off game played; won 31 games in a row and went 34 games without a loss between 1944 and 1948.

Outstanding Players Coached:  Coached 34 different players to first team All-State honors in the line during last 15 seasons coaching; a number of other players were awarded second team and honorable mention honors.

Family:  Wife, Sophie; children, Ernest H. (deceased), James B., and Richard A. Miller.

Coach Miller passed away June 28, 2000.