April 7, 2015
CLEVELAND - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced today that NACDA Past President and former University of the Pacific Director of Athletics Carl Miller, has been selected by the NACDA Officers and Executive Committee to be the recipient of the 49th James J. Corbett Memorial Award, the highest honor one can achieve in collegiate athletics administration. Miller served as NACDA President in 1987-88. He will be honored at the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 17 in conjunction with the 2015 NACDA Convention in Orlando, Fla.
"It is with pride that we present Carl Miller with the James J. Corbett Award at our 50th Anniversary Convention," said NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione. "Carl's leadership in our industry has been unprecedented and his passion for development and education is still evident in his work even after retirement. He has been a mentor to many and continues to have a great impact on intercollegiate athletics and communities he has served".
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. 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.
"I have always believed that a career in collegiate athletics is a very special one by its very nature. Athletic competition teaches young men and women that team work and perseverance are essential to achieving their goals in life," said Miller. "It has been a privilege to know and mentor so many fine student-athletes, and those who have chosen to make their careers in the field. I feel greatly honored to be the recipient of the James J. Corbett Memorial Award at NACDA's 50th Anniversary Convention. This organization's history of contributions to athletics and the growth of its membership over the past 50 years is a very impressive one."
Miller spent five years at Pacific, where he led the university's athletic program to two women's volleyball NCAA National Championships, created the Amos Alonzo Stagg Room to honor the legendary coach on campus, and directed the construction of the Pacific Sports Medicine Center and Human Performance lab, which was funded by donations solicited by the athletics department.
Miller also held athletics director positions at the University of North Dakota (1976-84) and the University of South Dakota (1971-76). While at North Dakota, Miller's tenure was hallmarked with two NCAA hockey championships, as well as hosting the Division I NCAA hockey tournament. In preparation for this, Miller oversaw the fundraising of several million dollars to improve an already excellent hockey arena. Miller's time at South Dakota was also marked with an impressive fundraising campaign and the construction of the DakotaDome. This multi-purpose athletic and physical education facility attracted national attention at the time because of its innovative air-suspension roof, and was the largest and most successful fundraising project in the history of the university. The DakotaDome is still a cornerstone of the University of South Dakota campus.
Since his retirement from athletics, Miller has served in a number of positions in Mason City, Iowa, including Mayor, was executive director of the LaCrosse County Historical Society and was the director of major gifts for the Integrated Wellness Center at Winona State University.
Miller graduated from LaCrosse State (now Wisconsin-LaCrosse) in 1960, earned a master's degree from Winona State University in 1965 and a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas in 1969.
About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 50th year, is the professional and educational Association for more than 11,000 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 5,500 athletics administrators annually attend NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week. Additionally, NACDA manages 15 professional associations and three foundations. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.