Ally Miller Honored as McCahill Award Recipient
Jan. 27, 2014
MILWAUKEE - Former women's soccer standout Ally Miller has been named the recipient of Marquette University's 67th Annual Robert L. and William P. McCahill Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an MU student-athlete.
Miller joins her sister, 2010 winner Katie Miller, and five other women's soccer players who have received the award. The Millers are the first siblings to have each earned the honor.
"Congratulations to Ally on being selected as this year's McCahill Award recipient," Marquette head women's soccer coach Markus Roeders said. "I know she considers this a tremendous honor and we are very proud of her. Ally has had a wonderful career at Marquette and her impact on our program and the teams she played on was immense."
The Mequon, Wis., native graduated in Dec. 2013 with bachelor's degrees in advertising and marketing and is one of the most decorated women's soccer players in program history.
Miller capped a stellar four-year career by leading the Golden Eagles to the program's first BIG EAST tournament title as a senior in 2012 while claiming BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and all-tournament recognition. Marquette earned its fourth consecutive BIG EAST American Division crown that season and she concluded her MU career with an overall record of 67-6-9, including 37-3-3 in BIG EAST play.
"It isn't hard to argue that Ally was a very large part of a four-year run when our women's soccer program reached new heights with all the success we experienced," Roeders said. "Ally's contribution was felt every day and she didn't just do it on the field, but in the classroom and by affecting others off the field. Ally embraced Marquette, its mission and her faith allowed her to excel. She is one of our all-time greats."
A 2012 CoSIDA/Capital One First Team Academic All-American, Miller was given Marquette's Ralph H. Metcalfe Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award following her senior season and was a 2012 Wisconsin College Athlete of the Year finalist at the Wisconsin Sports Awards.
She was also one of just 10 finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award®, which is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women's soccer.
Miller tutored children at Milwaukee Public Schools and helped to raise nearly $10,000 in support of breast cancer research through the team's annual cancer awareness night. Miller was involved with Cure for Kirby, Hunger Clean-Up, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee, Milwaukee Rescue Mission and TOPSoccer.
As a senior, Miller anchored a stout MU backline that produced a team-record and NCAA-leading 17 shutouts. She also chipped in a career-best seven goals to help the Golden Eagles advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championship while earning 2012 NSCAA First Team All-Northeast Region honors.
The Homestead High School alumna concluded her MU career with 10 goals and five assists, while helping the Golden Eagles to four NCAA tournament appearances and five victories in the national tournament, including a pair of trips to the regional semifinals.
"As a member of our `Family,' how fitting that she and her sister are both McCahill winners," Roeders said. "Katie, Ally and the Miller family embrace our Marquette women's soccer `Family' ideal so well, it is only fitting that Katie and Ally are the very first siblings of being recognized. Again, we congratulate Ally, thank her, her family and the McCahills for continuing to recognize Marquette's finest."
The McCahill Award was named after Captain Robert L. McCahill, a former Marquette student-athlete who gave his life for his country at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II in 1945. Established by his brother, Colonel William P. McCahill, also an MU student-athlete, the award was first presented in 1946 and has been awarded annually as the highest honor bestowed upon a Marquette student-athlete.
After Colonel McCahill's death in 1999, Marquette University officially renamed the award to recognize the lifetime accomplishments of both Captain Robert and Colonel William McCahill.
The award is given annually to a student-athlete who has achieved in athletics, scholarship, and service to the university.
Past recipients of the award include Olympic silver medalist John Bennett (1954), two-time NBA All-Star Don Kojis (1961), Naismith Award-winner Butch Lee (1978), and NCAA 10,000-meter run champion Keith Hanson (1986).