Chen Wang, Deseret News
Former University of Utah ski coach Pat Miller died Saturday in Casper, Wyo., at the age of 64 following a brief illness.
Miller coached at the U. for 25 years, during which time his teams won eight NCAA team championships and 46 individual titles. Also over the course of Miller’s career, his skiers won 234 All-American awards and also were recognized for numerous academic honors.
A native of Mexico, Maine, Miller was a four-sport athlete who won a national junior cross-country championship in 1965. As a student at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., Miller was named an All-American in Nordic combined in 1970. He was a member of the U.S. national Nordic combined team from 1968-74.
Miller began coaching at Utah in 1974 as an assistant coach and became head coach in 1976. He coached until 2000.
Miller was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and was also named to the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame, the Maine Ski Hall of Fame and the Fort Lewis Athletic Hall of Fame.
A memorial service for Miller is expected to be held in Salt Lake City early next month.
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