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Blake Miller ’92, a former US Men’s Lacrosse National Team member, recently joined the Navy men’s lacrosse coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. 

As a Forman student, Miller was a three-sport athlete; he played lacrosse, basketball, and soccer. 

“He was a natural athlete … fun to be around, very competitive, wanted to be the best he could be every day, and truly, probably one of my top five athletes for athleticism,” says Scott McCarty '76, P'02, P'05, Major Gifts Officer and former Athletic Director. “He literally won a lacrosse championship for us on his shoulders. He carried us to win a New England Championship in lacrosse.” 

McCarty adds, “The thing that I was so proud of him for was the maturation period. He knew what he wanted to do in his life, he wanted to be where he’s going now, and he wanted to be the best he could be at lacrosse.” 

Prior to his new role, Miller served as the boys’ lacrosse offensive coordinator at Manhasset High School since 2012. Under his direction, Manhasset won three Long Island Championships (2015, 2019, 2021), made New York State Semifinals appearances in 2015 and 2019, and punched its ticket to the 2015 New York State Championship Game. Additionally, Manhasset earned appearances in the Nassau County finals in eight of the last nine years (2013-19, 2021). Miller has also served as the head coach of the New York Athletic Club's lacrosse team since 2017, leading it to the 2018 and 2019 American Lacrosse League titles.

Miller was part of leading two programs to the Connecticut State Semifinals in back-to-back years; 2000 as head coach at Greenwich High School and 2001 as offensive coordinator at Darien High School. Additionally, he helped guide Darien High School to the 2001 Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference crown.

As a player, Miller earned All-America honors at Nassau Community College in 1994 before attending Hofstra where he would be named an Honorable Mention All-American in 1996. Additionally, he was named the 1996 North Atlantic Conference Lacrosse Player of the Year. A two-time member of the US National Team, he led the United States to gold at the 1998 World Lacrosse Championship and silver at the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship. He played professionally for the Bridgeport Barrage (2001-03), Philadelphia Barrage (2004), Long Island Lizards (2005-2010), and retired as a member of the Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2011. A six-time Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All-Star (2001-06), he was named the 2004 MLL Offensive Player of the Year after guiding the Philadelphia Barrage to the 2004 MLL Championship. The two-time MLL All-Pro (2005 and 2006) holds the league record for most goals scored by a midfielder in a single season.

He also played professionally in the National Lacrosse League, seeing stints with the New York Saints (1997-2001), New Jersey Storm (2001-03), Anaheim Storm (2003-04), and New York Titans (2006-07).

Miller was inducted into the Manhasset Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2011.

"I could not be more proud to be part of the Navy men's lacrosse program," says Miller. "It is an honor and privilege to be able to coach such a special group of young men at an institution with so much tradition and history … I am thankful for the opportunity, and my family and I look forward to living in Annapolis and being part of the Navy family."

Miller and his wife, Allison, reside in Annapolis, MD, with their children, Blake and Avery.

 

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