By Alex Strouf, The Denmark News
Being involved in all aspects of baseball in the community. 339 wins. 23 years and counting at the helm of the varsity baseball team. Seven conference titles. Seven Regional titles. Two WIAA State appearances. 2005 District Coach of the Year.
Those are just some of the many reasons Denmark varsity baseball head coach Bill Miller is being inducted into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in February.
The Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association rewards excellence in both high school and collegiate baseball. Each year, a select amount of coaches are put up for nomination and possibly selected to be inducted into the WBCA Hall of Fame. Besides the Hall of Fame, the WBCA runs informative skill camps, helps hire coaches to high school positions, and helps high school teams fill their schedule for when the season rolls around.
“It’s more of a group effort than anything,” Miller told me,
“I received a phone call during the Thanksgiving break from one of the directors at the WBCA,” Miller told me about how he found out he was being inducted, “he informed me that I would be one of the five individuals being inducted this year.”
“It’s all thanks to the community here, the community leagues, the coaches that have helped out,” Miller told me, “It’s more of a group effort than anything else.
Miller is proud of the fact that he is being inducted, but stays humble about the whole situation. Even though he has bred seven players that are currently playing at the collegiate level, and four more on the way, he’s focused on next season.
“That’s the most satisfying thing for sure, seeing high school kids go on to play college ball.” Although satisfying, he has four future college athletes on his roster this season, “It’s a whole new team this spring. We lost half of our starters from last season. It’s going to be a challenge to be where we were last year. We definitely have some top pitching talent, but there’s other pieces that need to be filled.”
Before spring rolls around, Miller gets to focus on and enjoy his induction. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 14th, at the Marriot Hotel in Middleton, Wis. at noon.