Even though the Cougar senior has spent his entire life in Blue Springs, Columbia College has been part of his life for almost as long as he can remember: For the last 12 years, his mother, Cindy, has served as the director of Columbia College’s Kansas City location. In November 2018, she received a promotion to regional director, overseeing operations at the college’s locations in Denver, Orlando, Jacksonville and Salt Lake City in addition to Kansas City.
On October 28, 2014, former director of athletics Bob Burchard announced a continued expansion of the Cougars’ sport offerings, resurrecting the baseball program that had been dormant since 1982. At the time, Miller was a junior at Blue Springs High School. He’d played baseball since his pee-wee days all the way through American Legion teams. He hadn’t given much thought to where he’d play in college at that point, but he knew he wanted to play in college. “Then all of a sudden my mom comes home and tells me [about CC adding baseball], and I knew it was a done deal.”
With coach Darren Munns’ recruiting classes improving every year, Miller is now doing something else, using his arm that once threw out opposing baserunners to pitch from the other end of the battery. “It was a huge shock to me, but I’m excited,” Miller says. “I’m so ready to pitch.”