Concordia Lutheran girls’ basketball coach Dave Miller retires

Concordia Lutheran coach Dave Miller talks to his team during a timeout during a December 26, 2019 SAC Holiday Tournament game against Bishop Luers.

Concordia Lutheran High School announced on Wednesday that longtime girls’ basketball coach Dave Miller has retired.

In 18 years at the helm of the Cadets, Miller’s teams won 299 games, nine sectionals and state championships in 2010 and 2012.

Overall, Miller holds a 479-227 record over 31 years, with his first 13 seasons spent at Bellmont. He ranks No. 8 all-time in Indiana girls’ basketball history in career victories.

“I was very blessed to have been able to coach so many quality young women during my 18 years at Concordia,” Miller said. “They were quality as basketball players, but more importantly as young Christians, dedicated and loyal to teammates and coaches.”

Miller never had a losing season while with the Cadets, and did not finish with less than 10 wins in a campaign. Concordia Lutheran saw its season end on Tuesday night in sectional play in a 47-38 defeat, giving the team a 15-8 overall record this year.

“We are grateful to Dave for his many years of service to Concordia,” Athletic Director Tim Mannigel said. “He has taken the girls basketball program to tremendous heights and has become a leader for others to follow within our athletics program.”

The state titles in 2010 and 2012 are the only girls’ basketball championships in program history. Miller also captured an SAC conference championship in 2014 and won four regional titles. He led the Indiana Senior All-Star team in 2011.

“Dave exemplified everything we want a coach to be at Concordia,” Mannigel said. “He was demanding on the court and cared for his players off the court. He coached with great passion and had great successes, but always kept basketball in its proper perspective. He was mission-minded and a true servant-leader.”

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