Jul 8, 2011 4:08 PM by Lee Douglas/CSU-Pueblo

Long-time assistant coach Tom Miller retires

PUEBLO, Colo. - CSU-Pueblo Assistant Head Football Coach, Tom Miller, will enter into retirement after coaching college football each year since 1972, covering 38 seasons.

Miller concludes his coaching career after entering the profession in 1969, when he coached Glens Falls (N.Y.) High School to an 8-2 record in his first season before moving on to Ravenna (N.Y.) High School for the 1970 and 1971 seasons. In three years as a high school coach, Miller went 25-4, providing a springboard to the college ranks in 1972.

After obtaining his Master's from the University of Bridgeport (Conn.) in 1972, he began coaching the defensive and offensive lines at Bridgeport, a Division II school. He then moved on to Davidson (N.C.) College in 1974, where he coached offensive line, defensive ends and defensive line until 1982. He made stops at The Citadel and Dartmouth before securing a position under Fisher DeBerry at the Air Force Academy in 1984, where he would coach for 23 years. Miller was on a staff for 12 bowl games, and as the defensive line coach, tutored perhaps the most decorated alumnus in Falcon history, former Outland Trophy winner, Chad Hennings.

Finally, after joining the startup program at CSU-Pueblo in 2007, he helped build the program from the ground up in preparation for its debut in 2008. In three seasons, where Miller served as Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator, the ThunderWolves improved its record each season, starting at 4-6 in 2008 before going 7-4 in 2009. In 2010, the ThunderWolves went 9-2 and finished just a game away from a Division II national playoff berth.

"It has been a really exciting time to be at CSU-Pueblo," Miller said. "It was an honor to be involved with a startup program where there was such great community support. It was exciting to see it start from scratch and to be a big part of it."

"I've enjoyed every level at which I've coached, and I've made a lot of great relationships and had an effect on people's lives. That's the best thing you carry into retirement."

Now in retirement, Miller will step away from football for the first time since 1969, now focusing on being a grandfather as well as a fan of the ThunderWolves and Falcons.

"For the first time, I plan on going to a tailgate before a game," Miller quipped. "Every time I've gone after a game, all the food was always cold."




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