Our very first Happy Sonics Birthday to Coach Lorin Miller! Lorin Miller turns 77 today! Lorin Miller went to Sterling College in Kansas where he was a four sport star. He played football, sprinted for the track team, pitched for the baseball team and played basketball. However, Lorin Miller joined the Sonics coaching family as an assistant coach from 1983-1986 and he was a scout for the team before that. Miller now lives in Concordia Kansas and is an assistant coach for the Cloud County Community College Woman’s team.
According to an interview with Kevin Pelton in 2006, Xavier Mcdaniel credited Coach Miller for really pushing Seattle to draft him. “He (Lorin Miller) was the one who really pushed and brought me up to Seattle on two or three different visits under different names. That’s when you could fly under a different name and go under a different name at a hotel with no problems”. The debate back then was whom to draft: Xavier Mcdaniel or Detlef Schrempf, and the Sonics ended up taking Mcdaniel in the draft and trading for Schrempf years later. To read that Kevin Pelton article click here but be ready to cringe.
Thank you Coach Miller for responding to my e-mail and may you have a great season at CCCC!*Also thanks to Aaron Padoshek for allowing me to use his birthday cake. You can check out his Flickr account here.