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Nov. 2, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 5

Former Football Coach Jim Miller Dies; Helped Build Program's Profile

James H. "Jim" Miller, head football coach at Boston College from 1962-68, died at his home in Palm Harbor, Fla. on Oct. 16. He was 85.

Mr. Miller, who came to Boston College from the University of Detroit, is credited with helping to build a foundation for the University's now nationally recognized intercollegiate football program.

Mr. Miller's record at Boston College was 34 wins and 24 losses, and he developed a number of players who went on to professional football careers, including All-America lineman Bob Hyland, who was the first-round draft selection of the then-world champion Green Bay Packers.

A native of Massillon, Ohio, Mr. Miller played high school football for future Hall of Fame coach Paul Brown, who became a mentor to Mr. Miller throughout his coaching career.

Mr. Miller was a graduate of Purdue University and later coached at his alma mater, where he began a lifelong friendship with another young member of the Boilermakers' coaching staff, George Steinbrenner.

After finishing his coaching career at BC, Mr. Miller joined Steinbrenner's staff at the American Shipbuilding Co. and later, the New York Yankees, both of which were owned by Mr. Miller's former coaching associate. He later became Steinbrenner's personal business assistant.

At Mr. Miller's request, his body was returned to Massillon, where he was buried next to his wife of 52 years, Victoria. He is survived by three sons.

-Reid Oslin

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