COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Johnny Miller established and coached the Tennessee Tech wrestling team throughout in the late 1970s. On Thursday, the former coach and educator died at the age of 91 in Cookeville. He served as a health education in the Department of Health and Physical Education as well as the supervisor for student teachers until his retirement in 1990 at the age of 70.
The family will receive friends on Saturday (Feb. 16) from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Crestlawn Funeral Home in Cookeville. Funeral services are set for Sunday, February 17, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Miller spent three seasons as advisor to the Tech Wrestling Club, and helped elevate the group to a varsity sport in 1977-78. During college, Miller wrestled for Appalachian State and then for the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. He coached eight years at Emory College, two at Vanderbilt and six at Tech.
Prior to Tech, he served on the faculties at Emory, George Peabody College, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he was chairman of the Health and Physical Education Department.
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