Donald N. and Linda Jo Miller
Dr. Donald N. "Donnie" Miller, II, passed away in the fall of 2021. The Dr. Donnie Miller Swimming Scholarship was established in 2006 by Donnie and his wife Linda Jo. In 2021, after Donnie’s passing, the scholarship, at the request of their children, was renamed the Dr. Donnie and Linda Jo Miller Swimming Scholarship because of Linda’s long-time support of Donnie’s coaching career.
Donnie came to Shippensburg in 1969 and was the assistant football coach. From 1969-2005, he was a professor in the Health and Physical Education Department. In 1973 he became the head coach and founder of the Shippensburg Aquatic Club. He was the head coach of the Women’s Swimming team from 1972-1975 and the head coach of the Men’s Swimming Team from 1972 to 1992. While Donnie was coaching, he earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America, Level 5 Certification (highest level in college coaching of swimming), was a four-time PSAC Coach of the Year, recorded 236 wins, and a winning percentage of .771. His swimmers and divers were PSAC State Champions more than 50 times, with 25+ state records. His swimmers won 13 individual events at the Division 2 National Swimming Championships. Donnie's swimmers set five national records at the D2 National Swim Championships. His men's team won the PSAC Championships twice, placed in the top 10 in the nation eight times and placed in the top four in the nation two times (1989 and 1991). He guided Ship to Top 5 national finishes in each of his last four seasons.
After Donnie retired from coaching in 1992, then Shippensburg University president, Dr. Anthony Ceddia, at the request of swimming and diving alumni, named the competition pool located in Heiges Field House the DONALD N. MILLER POOL. Donnie was inducted in the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, South Central Chapter, and in 2009 he was inducted in the Shippensburg University Hall of Fame.
Under Dr. Miller's leadership, more than 70 Shippensburg University Swimmers and Divers earned All-American honors through their performances at the Division II National Swimming and Diving Championships.
Scholarships associated with Donald N. and Linda Jo Miller