It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a great friend and dealer, Bill Miller. Bill passed away Monday night at the age of 68 after an incredible two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.
Sporturf™ was lucky enough to call Bill a dealer since 2006. Over the years he built everything from full size baseball fields to countless infields and batting facilities. Bill always enjoyed helping programs enhance their existing facilities so the athletes could showcase their skills.
Prior to his introduction to the world of synthetic turf, Bill had already built an amazing career as a baseball coach. He amassed a staggering 1,144 victories over a 39-year career that included 6 state titles making him the winningest coach in Kentucky high school baseball history.
“The PRP Family has lost a true legend,” PRP principal Kim Salyer said in a news release. He was a father figure to hundreds of players, coaches and members of our community. He taught all of us how to work hard and never quit. In short, Coach Miller made each of us a better person. His influence and life will never be forgotten.”
A PRP grad, Miller attended the University of Alabama, where he played one season of football for Bear Bryant before lettering in baseball the rest of his college career. He returned to his high school alma mater as an assistant baseball and football coach after graduating and was named the program’s second head coach in 1980, succeeding Bill Waddell, Nick’s grandfather.
Miller is survived by his wife, Vickie, and two children, son Matt and daughter Megan, who is in her 15th season as the head softball coach at PRP.
Bill led an amazing life and was a true pleasure to speak to and be around. He will definitely be missed by the Sporturf™ family.