JOSEPH T. MILLER, Class of 1973

MILLER_Joe_2010_1973Joseph T. Miller
Class of 1973
Inducted in 2010

A standout performer on Lowell high School athletic teams that compiled an incredible overall record of 78–7–7 during his tenure with the Red and Gray and a multi-year Captain in 2 different sports, Joseph Miller left a legacy that marks him as one of the most outstanding hockey and golf stars in the school’s history.

Joe was a standout defenseman for the Lowell High School hockey team from 1970–1973 as the team compiled a record of 36–5–4. As a sophomore (1970–71), Joe helped Lowell to a State Tournament berth en route to a record of 14–1–1, one of the finest in school history. More success followed during the 1971–72 season as the Raiders compiled a 10–3–2 record with Joe as team Captain.

During his senior year (1972–73), Joe put together what still remains one of the finest individual seasons in the 40 plus years of the LHS Hockey program. The team Captain once again, Joe scored 17 goals (tying him for the team lead) and added 13 assists for a total of 30 points, an almost unheard of total for a defenseman, as the Red and Gray compiled a stellar record of 12–1–1 before losing to North Reading in the Massachusetts State Championship game.

A three-year Captain/Co-Captain of the Lowell High School Golf team, Joe was instrumental in the Raider’s successful run from 1971–73 when they compiled an incredible overall record of 42–2–3.

As a sophomore (1970–71), Joe helped the Red and Gray to a record of 11–0–2 as Lowell missed qualifying for the State Championships by a mere two strokes. During his junior year (1971–72), Lowell finished its 3rd consecutive undefeated season (16–0) and placed 9th at the State Championships at Pocasset Country Club. Joe later tied for 14th in the individual State Championships, shooting 84–75=159 on a difficult Saddle Hill Country Club course. Joe concluded his illustrious career as a senior (1972–73) leading the Raiders to a 15–2–1 record. He again qualified for the individual State Championships, where he recorded an excellent 75–78=153 for 8th place at Saddle Hill Country Club.

After graduation, Joe played golf for the University of Florida for four years (1973–77).

Joe won numerous additional amateur golf honors at the local, state, and regional levels before, during and after high school. Among his accomplishments were New England CYO Champion 1970, 1971, 1972), New England Junior Champion (1971), Massachusetts Golf Association Junior State Champion (1973), and Lowell City Tournament Champion (1973, 1975).

A Life Member of the Professional Golf Association of America (PGA of America), Joe served as Head Golf Professional at International Country Club in Bolton (1984–88) and Director of Golf at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover (1989–2000).

Joe still found time to become involved in the Lowell High School Hockey program, taking over as Head Coach only four days prior to tryouts in 1985 as the program was in danger of being disbanded. Joe served as Coach from 1985–88, guiding the program successfully through a rocky period.

Joe’s involvement in high school hockey extended to a long career as an on-ice official, during which he has officiated over 1,500 games.

Induction Year: 2010
Graduation/Class Year: 1973
Gender: Male
LHS Sports Played: Golf, Hockey
LHS Sports Coached: Hockey
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College: University of Florida
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Professional/International/Olympic Sports: Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) of America
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