by Sherry Purdom
Murray, Ky., May 4-----The Murray High School Baseball program invites all friends, community members and MHS Black and Gold alumni to the Coach Cary Miller Field Dedication, Saturday, May 12 at 11:45 a.m . The dedication will be held on the MHS Baseball Field inside the Ty Holland Football Stadium prior to the MHS vs. Hickman County Baseball game at noon. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with an Alumni Batting Practice, followed by a complimentary lunch for MHS Baseball Alumni and their families at 11 AM.
A 1963 MHS graduate, Miller graduated from Murray State University in 1968 with degrees in history and physical education. He accepted a position at Trigg County High School as high school history teacher, the varsity baseball coach, an assistant football coach and the eighth grade basketball coach. After one year, he left Trigg County and returned to Murray where he began work on his Masters. After being hired as physical education teacher and assistant basketball coach at Auburn High School in Rockford, Ill., Miller was named varsity baseball coach after three years. As Miller continued to visit Murray in the summers to pursue his Masters at MSU, while coaching American Legion baseball, he learned the Murray High School basketball position was open. Miller found himself back at his alma mater as basketball coach where he eventually was named varsity baseball coach in 1978.
Miller retired from teaching in 2002 and stepped down from baseball after 29 years in 2006. He supported over 32 baseball athletes as they transitioned to Division 1 baseball. Miller was inducted in the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2001, the Murray High School Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Murray High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
During his twenty-nine year career, Miller led the MHS Baseball team to five consecutive regional championships 1978-1982. He reached the first regional tourney in 11 consecutive seasons from 1994-2004, and achieved 400th win at Murray High School. His final MHS Career Record 467-249 that includes a baseball career record with just over 500 wins. Miller also helped form the MHS Diamond Club for Financial and Athletic Support to Baseball Programming and assisted in developing the Murray High Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.
Most recently Miller was inducted with the 1960 MHS Football team during the 2018 MHS Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony. Team members of the 1960 MHS Football team were honored for their great season finishing runner-up in the State Football Playoffs.
Under Miller’s tenure MHS claimed more regional championships than any other team in the first region. When Miller stepped on board as baseball coach MHS had not won a regional championship since 1956. While at MHS Miller claimed eight regional titles with the MHS Baseball Tigers. Miller said the bonding with his teams occurred on the yellow school bus used for team travel to and from games and tournaments as a team. “It was a requirement the team travel together,” he said. “I often tell people I have gone around the world in a yellow school bus. There was often singing if we won, and silence if we lost. We really developed the unity it takes to be a team on those bus rides. I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything.”
Miller recognizes the endless support and encouragement from his family through the years. “Our family life revolved around coaching and high school sports. My wife and our kids have walked every step with me through these years and we have all loved it. Murray High School baseball was a huge part of our life. When I left coaching it left a hole in our family. Now, I’m ready to enjoy watching my grandsons play baseball on the field.”