BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Bronxville native Bill Miller, a lacrosse superstar at Hobart College 25 years ago, has been inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a member of its Class of 2013.
Miller led Hobart to a string of four consecutive national championships, with their run beginning in 1989. He is considered one of the top players in Division-III history, having been selected as the player of the year twice during his four-year career.
A four-time all-America selection, he finished his career at Hobart as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 173 goals, a distinction he still holds. He is also second in points (318) and assists (145), behind Rick Gilbert, who accumulated 287 assists in his career.
Although Hobart was a Division-III school, Miller said that his abilities were bolstered because the Statesmen played an elevated schedule.
“It was an incredible opportunity to play at Hobart, in that system and for those coaches, while being mentored by so many all-Americans,” Miller said. “Back then, we played more than half our schedule against Division I teams, and we were battling against Syracuse, Cornell and Penn State.”
Miller is one of eight players and coaches that will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next week at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley, Md. Other members of the Class of 2013 include Jim Berkman, Quinn Carney, Michele DeJulis, Sue Heether, Tracy Stumpf, Ryan Wade and Michael Watson. Each made unique contributions to the sport in various capacities.
Following his standout collegiate career, Miller played professionally for the Philadelphia Wings from 1991 to 1998 in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). He was a two-time member of the 1994 and 1988 United States National Team where he won two titles.
“Going into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame hits you pretty hard,” Miller said. “While I was playing, I never thought about it. You get older and have a chance to think about it, and this is a reminder to me as to why you make those sacrifices and why you did things differently than some of the folks you were with all the time.”