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Lake Mary mayor declares May 1 Courtney Miller Day for Raider softball coach

Softball Coach Courtney Miller poses with Lake Mary Mayor David Mealor

Lake Mary Mayor David Mealor has declared Thursday, May 1, Courtney Miller Day in Lake Mary in honor of Seminole State College’s longtime softball coach, who earned her 800th career win earlier this season.

Mealor announced the honor during Raider Athletics’ annual end-of-year banquet on Tuesday, April 29. He and Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee presented Miller with a plaque in honor of her achievement.

“Whereas, on Feb. 21, 2014, Courtney Miller reached her 800-win milestone, defeating Hillsborough Community College by a score of 7-1,” Mealor read, “now therefore, through the authority vested in me as mayor of the City of Lake Mary, Fla., I, David J. Mealor, do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 1, 2014, as Courtney Miller Day in the City of Lake Mary.”

The announcement kicked off a busy week for Miller and the Lady Raiders, who head to the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) State Tournament in Pensacola on Saturday, May 3. The Raiders will take on Indian River State College at 1 p.m. in their first appearance in the double-elimination tournament.

Miller heads into the postseason with an overall record of 818-525-4, and all but 68 of her victories have come during her tenure at Seminole State.

Career highlights:

  • Coached at Seminole State for 20 seasons
  • Began head coaching at St. Cloud University, leading the team to the 1992 NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament and a top-10 national ranking
  • Coached Seminole State to 14 consecutive postseason appearances (2001-present)
  • Coached 18 All-America players
  • Led Seminole State to the 2012 FCSAA/National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 8 State Championship
  • Led Seminole State to FCSAA Academic Team of the Year honors in 2012
  • Earned FCSAA Coach of the Year in 2012
  • Coached 72 Academic All-America players

In addition to leading the Raider softball program, Miller is a full-time professor, teaching courses in wellness, health and college success. She also serves as the academic advisor for all student-athletes at Seminole State.

“Being recognized by the City of Lake Mary is a well-deserved honor for Coach Miller,” says John Scarpino, director of athletics at Seminole State. “It was a nice gesture by Mayor Mealor to recognize in our community that we have someone of Courtney’s outstanding abilities and dedication to the program. When you think of Seminole State softball, you think of Courtney Miller.”

For more information on Seminole State's athletic programs, including full schedules and results, visit www.seminolestate.edu/athletics/.

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