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Miller to be Inducted into VIAHA Hall of Fame

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Norfolk State University athletics director Marty L. Miller is among the 11 individuals who will be inducted into this year’s class of the Virginia Interscholastic Association Heritage Association (VIAHA) Hall of Fame.

The Hall is dedicated to preserving the legacy of African-American students and adults who participated in the Virginia Interscholastic Association from 1954-70 and its predecessor organization, the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic League (VIAL). Prior to public school desegregation, one of the most influential organizations in Virginia was the VIA, which served young African-American students who attended segregated high schools in the state.

Miller is a 1964 graduate of Langston High in Danville. He competed in basketball and baseball, where he had a .684 batting average his senior year and a career average of .513. He accepted a scholarship to Norfolk State University, where he was an All-CIAA player in 1967 and 1968. He became the university’s first player selected as an NCAA College Division All-American in baseball.

After a tour in the U. S. Army, Miller returned to Norfolk State as an assistant baseball coach in 1972 and became head coach in 1973.  In his 32 years as head coach he compiled a record of 718-543-3, won 17 conference championships and was named CIAA Coach of the Year 15 times. Now the school’s athletics director, Miller is also a member of the NSU, CIAA, Hampton Roads Sports, Virginia Sports and Hampton Roads African American Sports halls of fame.

Also among this year’s inductees is Miller’s high school coach at Langston High, Howard “Hank” Allen.

The class features five athletes (Mattie Parham Belle — Carver HS, Chesterfield County; Leroy Keyes – Carver HS, Newport News; Albert Arthur Megginson – Dunbar HS, Lynchburg; Marty Miller – Langston HS, Danville; and Charles Price – Parker-Gray HS, Alexandria); three coaches (Howard Allen – Langston HS, Danville; Walter Lovett – Carver HS, Newport News; and Harry Waters – Dunbar HS, Lynchburg); and three contributors (Garwin DeBerry – Burley and Charlottesville HS; Clarence Oliver – Petersburg HS; and Knox W. Tull Jr. – Phenix HS, Hampton).  The second annual Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held on Friday, June 23 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Charlottesville.

About the VIA Heritage Association Hall of Fame

The VIA Heritage Association Hall of Fame (VIAHA) is organized as a means of recognizing and preserving the rich heritage and legacy of African-American (Black) high school sports and activities under the direction of the VIA from 1954-70 and promoting greater appreciation and understanding of the contributions of blacks to the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VIAL/VIA’s original home was at Virginia State College (now Virginia State University) from 1954–1970. After merging with the Virginia High School League (VHSL), all VIA records are now stored at Virginia State University.

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