July 27, 2008
I have never used this site for my own
personal use or for editorial
but an event happened today that has caused me
to change my thinking.
The Hope Mills community and South View
family lost a coaching icon today
with the sudden passing of Coach Ron Miller.
Coach Miller was a dear friend of mine and I
am personally feeling a tremendous loss.
know this loss will be felt literally across the country
as the word of his death is circulated, because of the lives he touched during
his coaching career.
You knew exactly where you stood with Ron
Miller. If he liked you, he really
If he didn't like you or disagreed with you, he let you know.
The Coach and I took many trips over the
years to ball games and we shared many
thoughts on life and sports.
He was the king of sports trivia,
or at least he thought he was. We
were both big major league baseball trivia addicts.
There probably wasn’t a week, he did not call me with a
stupid baseball trivia question that he usually stumped me on.
He called himself the “Cesspool of Worthless Information” and he was.
It is really
ironic, that this afternoon prior to hearing of his death, I was watching the
Baseball Hall of Fame inductions and thinking to myself, that going to
year’s ceremonies would be a great trip for us. We always talked about going
and we would have been like two kids in a candy store.
I started doing Ron’s basketball stats in
1996 and we developed a great friendship over the years.
His near death experience with heart trouble in 1997
deeply affected me. He always thought that he was living on borrowed time since
then. When he retired from South
View after the 2001 season, he was kind of lost. Ron was a gym rat?
Loved the gym and working with kids. He always liked the teaching aspect of
basketball, more so than the games
I will never forget his last game for South
View in 2001 at the Eastern Regionals in
Shavlik Randolph. South View lost the game by 11 points without one of their
star players, Roderick Williams who was ineligible because he had gotten
thrown out of a game a week earlier at the Sectional Championship against
WilmingtonHoggard, coached by current Terry Sanford coach, Bill Boyette.
After coaching the South View ninth grade team for several years, he got a new
lease on life when
came calling last fall and
he got to coach again on the high school level.
I, like many others whose life he touched,
have many, many Ron Miller stories, some
you can print and others you cannot. He
was a wonderful
coach, a mentor for many
young coaches, but more importantly a wonderful person
and I will miss him terribly.
South View coach Miller dies (Fayetteville Observer - 7/27/08)
Ron Miller dies (Fayetteville Observer - 7/28/08)
arrangements announced for former South View coach
(Fayetteville Observer -
Miller always did the right thing (The Sandspur Online - 7/30/08)
was more than just a basketball coach (The Sandspur Online - 7/30/08)
mourns loss of former coach (The Sandspur Online - 7/30/08)
teaches us to believe rain will come
(Fayetteville Observer/Bill Kirby -
icon honored (Fayetteville Observer - 8/2/08)
South view coach remembered, honored (The Sandspur Online - 8/6/08)