Two high school athletic coaches with ties to Elgin were recognized during the 43rd annual Awards & Recognition Banquet held by the Nebraska Coaches Association.
The event was held July 25 at the Great Hall Train Station in the historic Haymarket section of Lincoln.
Receiving the NCA Girls Basketball Award was John Miller. The son of Gerald and Lois Miller, he graduated from Elgin High School in 1975 and later from Kearney State College in 1980. His coaching experience is 30 years at Chambers High School. According to the NCA, “After 30 consecutive winning seasons and an overall record of 585-113, Coach Miller is handing over the girls basketball program at Chambers and will be coaching the boys next year (2010-2011 season). He led the Lady Coyotes to 12 conference championships, four state runner-up finishes, and five state championships. In addition to coaching the girls basketball team, he also heads up boys track and football, winning the state title in football in 2007 by defeating the Elgin Eagles.
“Among Miller’s many honors, he was named Coach of the Year by Huskerland magazine in 2004, and also was awarded the magazine’s Bob Schnitzler Award for football in 2008.”
John and his wife Sandy have three children, Randi, Ross and Seth.
Another former Elgin resident honored by the NCA was Edward K. Johnson of Ewing. He has coached 35 years, starting first at Bishop Neumann. Other stops have been Elkhorn Valley and Family Christian Academy, LA before landing in Ewing where he has coached since 1992.