West Virginia Wesleyan standout athlete and coaching great Charlie Miller passes away

Charlie Miller

BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan College is mourning the loss of Hall of Fame member Charlie Miller '66, who died on July 18.

Miller was one of Wesleyan's greatest athletes of the 1960's.  He was a standout in both men's basketball and track & field and led the Bobcats to West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships (WVIAC) in track & field in 1964, 1965, and 1966 and to a WVIAC Men's Basketball Tournament title in 1966.

Charlie was a member of the All-WVIAC Track Team in 1964, 1965, and 1966, winning both the long jump and the high jump. 

In 1966, he was the Most Valuable Player in the WVIAC Tournament, and he set the school record in the long jump that was not broken for 23 years. 

Very few athletes at Wesleyan ever had a spring semester as noteworthy as Charlie's. 

He finished his career in Wesleyan's top ten as a rebounder and he scored over 1,000 points.

Charlie played a key role in Wesleyan's men's basketball success in the mid and late 1970's, serving as the assistant coach to Gary Hess. 

Under that duo, Wesleyan won two WVIAC Tournament titles, one WVIAC regular season championship, and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in 1979. Miller left Wesleyan to become the head coach at Lake Forest College, IL, a position he held from 1979-1990. 

His next coaching stop was as Idaho State, where he served as an assistant coach. 

He returned to Wesleyan as head men's basketball coach in 1992.  He coached the Bobcats to a WVIAC title and the school's first-ever NCAA post-season berth in 2002. 

Miller was also a member of the College's Education faculty.

He retired from Wesleyan in 2005 and was inducted into the College's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

He is survived by his wife Lexie Miller '00, two sons, Charles Jr. '94 (Katina Osnac Miller '95), and A. Scott Miller, and four grandchildren.   

Notes of sympathy can be mailed to Lexie Miller, 993 Benjamins Way, Winston-Salem, NC  27103-5361.

(Courtesy of West Virginia Wesleyan)

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