Darryl Miller

Darryl graduated from high school in Madison, Wisconsin and then served in the US Marine Corps from 1971-1974. He became a member of the Marines Special Forces, First and Third Force Reconnaissance Company. After completing his service to our country, Darryl would receive his Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin- Platteville with a double major in Physical Education and Industrial Education. He then received his Masters in Exercise Physiology and NATABOC Athletic Training Certification from UW-Madison. This was the beginning of his involvement in sports medicine and athletic training. From 1984-1988 Darryl was Co-Director of the Exercise Physiology Lab and the High School Outreach Athletic Trainer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He moved to Colorado in 1988 and obtained his Colorado State Instructional License, E M T certification, and is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Mr. Miller received his Professional Principal License from the University of Denver in 2007. Darryl has written articles for medical and sports publications including Sports Medicine: The School-Age Athlete, The New Crossface (a Wisconsin Wrestling Magazine) and for the Physician and Sports Medicine medical journal. He went on to become Director of the High School Outreach Program at the University of Colorado-Denver from 1988-1995. Beginning in 1995, Darryl started as a Secondary Education Instructor of Sports Medicine/ Athletic Training and became the District Athletic Trainer for Denver Public Schools. During the past 28 years he implemented and organized The DPS High School Thanksgiving Championship Wrestling Clinic using NCAA, World and Olympic medalists as instructors. In 1990, Darryl was named Head Trainer for the Colorado High School All-State Games, serving at that position for the next 16 years. Darryl has served as Vice President of the Colorado Athletic Trainers Association and Licensure Committee, Chairman for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Colorado State Clinic, and Special Olympics; Lift America. For more than 25 years he has worked as a medical volunteer athletic trainer for USA Wrestling, working numerous International, World Cup and World Championship events. He has been selected to work in four Olympic Games, most recently the Rio Olympic Games. Through it all, he has earned and been awarded many honors. Among the most significant are the University of Wisconsin's Athletic Trainer of the Year Award in 1984, the 2001 HealthONE Community Partner Award, the 2005 NATA Athletic Trainer's Service Award and Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) Distinguished Service Award. In 2007 he received The Lloyd Gasgill award from the Colorado High School Coaches Association. Recently, he was recognized as CHSAA's "Hero of the Week". Most remarkable though - In 2016, his last year of teaching, he was awarded the DPS Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award! His awards and dedication throughout his career in athletics and sports medicine have been extraordinary!


Lifetime Service to Wrestling

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