60 + YEARS OF HISTORY

FOUNDATION: BLACKHAWK BEGINNING

Coach John Miller and his Blackhawk Cougars hold the record for Western Pennsylvania’s longest section winning streak at 111 victories.


Coach Miller won more than 630 games during his career at Riverside and Blackhawk High Schools.  He led Blackhawk High School to Pennsylvania state championships in 1992, 1995, 1996 and 1999 and was state runner-up in 2000.

His Blackhawk teams won eight WPIAL Class AAA titles in 1982, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2003.

COACHING CAREER RECAPS

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LEGENDARY: COACH OF THE YEAR

He has received Coach of the Year honors at the regional, state and national levels. Coach Miller has sent more than 40 of his former players on to college and even pro careers.  Pictured at the right is Kobe Bryant.


Coach John Miller is the legendary former Blackhawk High coach who won eight WPIAL titles and four state championships during his illustrious career that has spanned more than 40 years

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LEGACY: MILLER FAMILY TRADITION

He’s also trained three of his children — Sean, Archie and Lisa — to become Division I college basketball stars. Sean and Archie are now among the hottest coaches in the nation and are at the University of Arizona and Indiana University respectively.  In addition, Coach Miller groomed his cousin, John Calipari, for success at the highest level. Thanks to Coach Miller’s instruction, Calipari played Division I basketball and is now the head coach at the University of Kentucky.

Sean Miller,

Head Coach: Arizona Wildcats

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Ryan "Archie" Miller,

Head Coach: Indiana Hoosiers

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John Calipari,

Head Coach: Kentucky Wildcats

RETIREMENT: TRUE LOVE FOR THE GAME

Although he’s retired from the sideline, Coach Miller maintains an intense passion for the game of basketball and loves to see youngsters develop to their fullest potential. Oftentimes, that means great success at the high school and college levels.

In addition to his children and Calipari, Coach Miller’s former students also include Dante Calabria, a standout at the University of North Carolina and a professional in Italy, Spain and France for 13 seasons. Other notable players taught by Coach Miller include Brandon Fuss-Cheatham (Ohio State), Jim Cantamessa (Siena), Darren Tielch (Robert Morris), Ryan Evanochko (Wisconsin-Green Bay), Brenna Wise (Indiana), Shatori Walker Kimbrough (Maryland), and many more at all collegiate levels.

Though he’s a member of three different halls of fame, Coach Miller is just as comfortable working with youngsters as he is with college and professional players.

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   DEDICATION STORY

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