Locker Legends | Dennis Miller

Locker Legend campaign honoring Wisconsin Lutheran College's first football coach Dennis Miller



For making a difference on the field of football and the field of life. 

 
After a program-record 7-3 season in 2012, 13-year head football coach Dr. Dennis Miller stepped down this past December. He will continue to serve Wisconsin Lutheran College as vice president of student affairs - a position he has held since 2005.

Miller accepted the call to WLC in 1998 with one goal in mind: build a successful football program...from scratch. 1999 was only a practice season, using county and city parks as practice venues. Competitive seasons began in 2000 with 42 players. WLC joined the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 2002 and then began competition in the current Northern Athletics Conference in 2008.

 
The Warriors finally had a home field with the building of Raabe Stadium in 2006 and have had an Outdoor Athletic Center at Warrior Fields since 2011. In 2012 the football squad numbered 105, 26 of whom were NAC Scholar-Athletes - second highest in the conference. Miller described the opportunity to coach and work closely in a mentoring, leadership role with the young men he’s encountered at WLC as “a very special and rare thing.” 


Warrior players experience firsthand the dedication of coaches who make sure players succeeded not only in competition, but in life. Coaches like Dennis Miller teach players more than just the X’s and O’s of a sport. They play an important part in mentoring our students and alumni into the leaders of tomorrow.

Today, we are taking the opportunity to say thank you!. You are invited to join other Warriors and fans in making a gift to honor Coach Miller. 
 
It is our goal to raise at least $3,500. Thanks to the generosity of the Warriors football family, WLC honored Coach Miller at the Homecoming festivities on Saturday, October 19, 2013, (check out the video below) and presented him with several gifts including:
 
a lifetime recognition plate, engraved with Coach Miller's name, on a locker in the Warriors' Varsity Locker Room inside the new Outdoor Athletic Center, 
 
an official Warriors football jersey with his college number and name,
 
a tribute book filled with photos and quotes, and
 
a WLC helmet signed by former players.
 
The last gift we would like to present to Coach Miller is an engraved granite monument stone with the words, “Faith, Family, and Future” to be installed inside Raabe Stadium. In order to make this happen we need your help to reach our goal of $3,500.
 
We're almost there!  Please make your gift TODAY online or by mail. Checks may be sent to the attention of: Lisa Leffel at WLC (8800 West Bluemound Road in Milwaukee, WI 53226).
 
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Lisa at (414) 443-8796 or lisa.leffel@wlc.edu. If you would like to learn more about naming your own locker or a locker in honor of someone else, visit wlcsports.com.

To view photos from the day's events, visit our flickr page.
 

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