HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Worthington coach still
all business after win
January 23, 2008
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
If you believe Bob Miller , career victory No.
500 last night meant no more or no less than
any other in his 34-year coaching career.
Straight-faced, he quickly strayed from the
subject of the milestone and explained how a
62-53 win over Delaware was "much more
important" to Thomas Worthington's chances of
winning an Ohio Capital Conference Central
Division championship. He then began talking
about the Cardinals' next opponent. Miller is
all business most of the time, but make no
mistake, he was close to tears when Thomas
Worthington's student cheering section,
affectionately called Miller 's Maniacs,
serenaded him at game's end. He was besieged
with hugs from his players, assistant coaches
and longtime supporters. Delaware athletic
director Kevin Reed presented him the game
"We've known about this since the start of the
season and we've sort of counted it down to
ourselves with each win," Cardinals senior
guard Taylor Hobbs said. "He never said a word
to us about it. That's just the way he is."
The record books of the Ohio High School
Athletic Association and the Ohio High School
Basketball Coaches Association are not in sync,
but one can safely say Miller is one of only
three dozen coaches with 500 wins. Twelve are
Among Central District coaches, only Dick
Meyer of Buckeye Valley (506-229) has more
victories and Miller (500-256) could pass him
by season's end.
Miller , who spent his first 10 seasons at
Groveport and the past 24 at Thomas
Worthington, said one of the high points of the
evening was being greeted by Vance Mitchell,
one of his former Groveport players from 1982.
"He wondered if I still remembered him and I
said, 'Gosh, are you kidding,' and we rattled off
every name from that team. Those are the kind
of moments that make it special."
None of Miller 's closest friends is surprised
that he is still coaching. He also is in his 43rd
year of teaching.
"I think Bob will stay around for several more
years because basketball is what he loves," said
Dave Clinger, who
parts of three
decades. "He doesn't play golf or have that
" Bob 's longevity and success is due to the
fact that he's never stopped learning. ... To a
lot of people, he probably comes off as
conservative, but he's very receptive to change.
When he first started coaching back in the
1970s, everybody was playing run-and-gun
ball. He came up with defenses to beat teams
with superior talent. Now, almost all the OCC
teams have copied that style."
Retired Newark coach Gary Walters, who won
more than 400 games, said Miller has simply
outworked many of his peers.
"His intellect, passion for the game and
meticulous preparation have certainly served
him well," Miller said. "His scouting reports to
this day are amazing to see. Usually, coaches
write bullets on tendencies of opponents and
their plays. Bob writes pages and pages of
diagrams. I don't even know how he reads
Walters recalled a beach vacation that they and
their wives once spent together.
" Bob and I must have spent close to an hour
discussing how to defend a pick and roll, and
Bob was drawing diagrams in the sand. Our
wives weren't too happy about that."
Hobbs scored 15 points, Eric Easley 14 and
Justin Hallowell 12 to pace Thomas
Worthington. The Cardinals (13-4, 6-1) shot 54
percent from the field.
Calvin Edwards and Rob Matthews scored 12
each for Delaware (7-8, 3-4).