For the British Paralympic athlete, see Stephen Miller (athlete).

Steve Miller is an American athlete, coach and businessman from Chicago.

Early lifeEdit

Born in Chicago, Miller attended college in his home state of Illinois at Bradley University in Peoria and Governors State University in University Park, earning respectively Bachelor of Science degrees in English Literature and Physical Education and a Masters of Arts degree in Contemporary English Literature.[1] Thereafter, he relocated to San Luis Obispo, California to receive a Master of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University.[1]


In 1965, Miller played professional American football with the NFL team Detroit Lions,[2] a career path that ended with an injury to his knee after only four exhibition games.[3][4] After ten years teaching track and English at suburban Chicago's Bloom Township High School,[4] Miller became head coach at California Polytechnic State University until 1981, moving into the same position at Kansas State University until 1987.[5] After a year as president of the Special Olympics in Pennsylvania, Miller returned to Kansas State University to serve for four years as Athletic Director. During his time as the Athletic Director at Kansas State, Miller was responsible for hiring Hall of Fame football coach Bill Snyder.[6]


When Miller left his position at Kansas State, he entered the world of business. He spent nine years with Nike, from June 1991 to September 2000, serving successively as Director of Athletics, Director of Global Sports Marketing, Director of National Sports Marketing, Director of Sports Marketing Asia Pacific and Director of Global Sports Marketing Relations.[7] He relinquished his position with Nike following conflict with Phil Knight.[8] In 2000, he took the position of director of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), a position he retained until 2005.[9] During his time with the PBA, where he "was hired to make bowling relevant" according to ABC News,[10] Miller stood as a primary focus for the documentary film A League of Ordinary Gentlemen, which spotlighted his efforts to transform the PBA "into a slicker, more colorful media-friendly package".[11]

He is a faculty member at the University of Oregon,[12] serving since 2005 as a senior analyst and adjunct professor at the Lundquist Business School and Warsaw Sports Marketing Center.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Bowling them over". Japan Today. 2004-03-05. Retrieved 2008-11-20.[dead link]
  2. Hollister, Geoff (2008). Out of Nowhere: The Inside Story of How Nike Marketed the Culture of Running. Meyer & Meyer Verlag. p. 289. ISBN 1-84126-234-X.
  3. "Association with folks like Miller can only enhance bowling's appeal". News Tribune. 2003-01-05. Retrieved 2008-11-20. "A knee injury had just doomed Miller's career with the Detroit Lions...."(subscription required)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Executive Spotlight: Steve Miller". Teamwork online. 2004-07-08. Archived from the original on 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  5. "Steve Miller Class of 2005". US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Retrieved 2008-11-20.[dead link]
  6. "Manhattan Project: How Bill Snyder transformed Kansas State and an entire community". The Topeka Capital-Journal. 2014-08-28. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "About Steve Miller". (Official Site). Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  8. Bachman, Rachel; Brent Hunsberger (2008-05-04). "Phil Knight's influence transforms University of Oregon athletics". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  9. Associated Press (2007-05-19). "Miller reportedly not interested in Blazers' president position". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  10. Berman, John (2005-07-16). "Bowling Tries to Stay on a Roll". ABC News (Philadelphia). Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  11. "A League of Ordinary Gentlemen". Seattle Post Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-11-20.[dead link]
  12. Whittell, Ian (2007-05-06). "Notes from the Euroleague Final Tour". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-11-20.

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