Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Al Miller's alligator tale, all true
by Paul Kennedy, May 1st, 2012 7:31PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  hall of fame, off the post

MOST COMMENTED

[OFF THE POST] At the age of 75, U.S. National Hall of Famer Al Miller has long since given up coaching, but he still likes to play golf.

Miller, who coached at Hartwick College, won an NASL title with the Philadelphia Atoms in 1973 and briefly coached the U.S. national team, got more than he bargained for fetching an errant shot in a Florida pond recently.

As he turned to leave, a nine-foot alligator grabbed a hold of his knee and threw him three feet in the air.

Fortunately, the alligator let go, but not before leaving a cut that required 40 stitches in Miller's knee.

"You'll never get me to look at a gator, touch a gator or eat a gator," he told the Ledger.

Miller, 75, was golfing at at Lake Ashton Golf and Country Club in Lake Wales.

His three golfing partners came to his rescue as the alligator tried to pull him into the water.

"He let me go," Miller told the Ledger. "I was three feet from my life. He had me submerged up to my belt buckle. That was my miracle of the month."

The 190-pound alligator left a nasty cut.

"He just filleted me," said Miller. "You could see into the bone."

Miller's job out of college was that of a college golf coach.

He helped build tiny Hartwick into a national soccer powerhouse in the late 1960s and early 1970s before leaving to coach the Atoms. He later coached NASL teams in Dallas, Calgary and Tampa Bay. The rest of his soccer career was spent as the general manager of indoor teams in Cleveland.



2 comments
  1. Richard Broad
    commented on: May 2, 2012 at 8:42 a.m.
    Al Miller is a pretty tough guy. The gator got off easy.
  1. R Moffat
    commented on: May 3, 2012 at 10:09 p.m.
    Any word on the Alligator?

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Wayne Shaw    
"I think two more than the four you have there." -- Wayne Shaw, pointing to a ...
What They're Saying: Lauren Holiday    
"I have never quite known suffering like I experienced the last 6 months. I can remember ...
CCL: Gonzalez's Pachuca finally shut out    
Pachuca was held without a goal for the first time in 25 games in the Concacaf ...
Datebook: NWSL will open fifth season on April 15    
The National Women's Soccer League will kick off its fifth season April 15 with four games, ...
MLS Moves: Mullins and D.C. extend their partnership    
Not many midseason trades have turned out so well as did the shift of Patrick Mullins ...
MLS Moves: Loons line up Swiss defender    
Another area of need -- outside back -- has been addressed by Minnesota United FC as ...
Sneak Peek: Cabrera and Cubo reunited in Houston    
No returning MLS team has made more changes than Houston. The Dynamo, last in the Western ...
U.S. U-18 girls beat England, 3-1    
Sophia Smith of Real Colorado scored twice after PacNW SC's Summer Yates opened the scoring in ...
Sneak Peek: FC Dallas preps for tough, early start    
Back-to-back 60-point seasons for FC Dallas, the first MLS team to achieve this feat, didn't return ...
U.S. U-20s rebound with win over Haiti    
After opening its U-20 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-0 loss to Panama, the USA ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives