LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Bill Miller now stands alone. He is the all-time winningest baseball coach in Kentucky high school history.
Pleasure Ridge Park's 12-0 win at home over Valley on Tuesday night in a 21st district semifinal was win #1,007 for Miller. That is one more than Larry Gumm won at Green County. Miller is 1,007-264 in 34 seasons as the Panthers head coach.
"I didn't really think about it, you know, I knew that it was out there," Miller said after the win."I knew that we would break it, just on longevity. Somebody asked me and I said, well you know it means two things, #1 that I'm old, and #2 I was stupid enough to stay around long enough to get this many wins."
He has led the Panthers to four state titles, in 1994, 95, 96 and 2008. Gregory Auter's son, Simon, played for Miller from 1994-98. "He's a great man, a great father figure," Auter said. "I would not have sent my son anyplace but here, if you want to learn baseball and have the opportunity to go to college, this is the program."
Many of Miller's former players were on hand as he was presented with a baseball and banner commemorating the occasion. His son, Matt, said he started watching P.R.P. games in the womb. His mom and dad were high school sweethearts and his sister, Megan, is the Panthers head softball coach.
"I guess it's meant a lot of great sacrifice," Matt Miller said, adding, "but all for the good for my father to be able to do what he loves to do and thats to coach baseball."
P.R.P. is now 30-7 and takes a 9 game winning streak into Wednesday nights 21st district final against Fairdale. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. at P.R.P.
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