Miller Selected as NACDA's 41st Corbett Award Winner|
April 30, 2007
Cleveland, Ohio - Fred L. Miller, former director of athletics at Arizona State University, Long Beach State University and San Diego State University, has been chosen by the Officers and Executive Committee of NACDA to be the recipient of the 41st James J. Corbett Memorial Award.
The Corbett Award is presented annually to the collegiate administrator who "through the years has most typified Corbett's devotion to intercollegiate athletics and worked unceasingly for its betterment." Corbett, athletics director at Louisiana State University, was NACDA's first president in 1965. The award is the highest honor one can achieve in collegiate athletics administration.
Additionally, Miller will receive an honorary degree from the Sports Management Institute (SMI), an educational institute sponsored by NACDA and the universities of Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Southern California and Texas.
Fred Miller is a NACDA past president, NACDA Hall of Fame inductee and former Executive Committee member. He began his professional career in athletics administration in 1964 as the assistant director of athletics at Long Beach State University. He took over the reigns of the program in 1967 and remained in this capacity until 1971.
"The Corbett Award validates one's life work in the honorable profession of athletics administration," said Miller. "To be acknowledged by one's peers makes me humble and appreciative. It puts an inner smile upon me that I will carry the rest of my days. Thank you."
During this time, Miller helped to found the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (now the Big West Conference), oversaw the 49ers move from college division to university division athletics competition and served as the chairman of Long Beach's Athletic Board of Control.
Miller was hired as director of athletics and a professor of physical education at Arizona State in 1971. While at Arizona State, he added 10 women's varsity sports to what was an 11-sport, all-male program and initiated the private funding necessary for the renovation and/or development of six campus sports facilities including, Packard Baseball Stadium, Joe Selleh Track, Sun Angel Track Stadium, Sun Devil Tennis Stadium, Whiteman Tennis Center and University Aquatic Center. As a result of Miller's fund raising efforts, there were no tax dollars expended for any of these facility improvements. Additionally, at Arizona State, Miller initiated the development of 10 acres of practice athletics fields as well as the land acquisitions for the Karsten Solheim Championship Golf Course. He also coordinated the development of the Arizona State University Activity Center, their $23 million recreational complex and the Sun Devil Stadium Expansion project.
In 1980, while maintaining his professorial responsibilities at ASU, Miller joined ESPN as a consultant and sports analyst where he acted as the primary negotiator for ESPN's contracts with NCAA Football, NCAA Championships, C.F.A. Football and Thursday Night Football.
In 1985, Miller assumed the position of director of athletics at San Diego State University. He has served on the NCAA's TV Committee, Committee on Committees and the Volleyball Tournament and Rules Committee. Furthermore, he chaired the NCAA Medical Aspects of Sports and Competitive Safeguards as well as the NCAA High School All-Star Committee. He has also served as the chief administrative officer for a variety of NCAA regional and national championships. Miller is a founding member of the Fiesta Bowl.
Miller is a member of the American Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, College Men's Physical Education Association and the National Basketball Coaches Association.
He earned an associate's degree from Santa Monica City College and bachelor's degree from the College of Pacific (now UOP). While at Pacific, Miller was awarded varsity letters in football, track, tennis and rugby. After graduating in 1953, he was commissioned as an officer in the Navy and saw duty in Korea aboard an LST. In 1955, after receiving an honorable discharge, Miller played professional football for the Washington Redskins. He also played several seasons in the Canadian Football League before earning his master's degree in education from the University of Southern California. In 1963, Miller completed his doctorate of physical education at Indiana University.
Miller has also been inducted into the Long Beach State and Arizona State Halls of Fame.
For a full listing of previous Corbett Award winners, please go to http://nacda.cstv.com/nacda/nacda-awards-corbett.html.