Katie Miller Selected as the 64th Annual McCahill Award Recipient
Dec. 7, 2010
MILWAUKEE - Former Marquette University women's soccer player Katie Miller has been named the recipient of the 64th annual McCahill Award the University announced Tuesday.
Miller will be honored during half time of the men's basketball game versus Notre Dame at the Bradley Center on Jan. 10, 2011.
The Robert L. and William P. McCahill Award is presented annually to a Marquette senior athlete from the previous year who has demonstrated the highest performance in scholarship, leadership and athletics. Miller is the fifth women's soccer player (Kelly Roethe, 2000, Rhegan Hyypio, 2001, Kate Gordon, 2003 and Laura Boyer, 2008) to be selected.
"This is a wonderful honor for Katie and all of us who had a chance to watch her compete and grow during her Marquette career," said head coach Markus Roeders. "We are very proud of Katie and her accomplishments. The McCahill award is given to the best and brightest Marquette athletes and Katie is definitely deserving of the honor. She excelled in the classroom, gave back to the community and greatly contributed to team's successes during her four years."
A double major in marketing and human resources, Miller was honored as Marquette's Ralph H. Metcalfe Outstanding Female Athlete Award in 2010. With a cumulative grade point average of 3.972, Miller was a four-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America All-District Five First Team selection. She was named to the NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-Central First Team in both 2008 and 2009, and was Marquette's 2009-10 BIG EAST Scholar Athlete honoree.
Miller was a versatile player who started her career as a midfielder, moved to defender for her junior season and played sweeper her senior year. At sweeper, Miller was an integral member of the 2009 BIG EAST American Division Champion squad that posted a single-season record 16 shutouts. Miller helped the Golden Eagles to three NCAA Tournament appearances and their first-ever division title in 2009. While playing in 70 career games, Marquette was 41-18-11 with Miller in the lineup from 2006-09.
"Katie showed tremendous versatility as a player and quickly adapted to any role we needed her to play on the field. She strived to be her best and made the players around her better. Individual statistics don't measure Katie's athletic contributions because she always focused on the team's success. On any day, she never left the field without leaving 100 percent of all she had to give out there. Considering she did all these things while maintaining nearly a 4.0 grade point average, Katie is truly deserving of the McCahill Award recognition," said Roeders.
The McCahill Award was established in 1946 by the McCahill Family in memory of their son and brother, Marine Captain Robert L. McCahill, a football and track and field student-athlete and graduate of the College of Liberal Arts ('42), who was killed in action in 1945 at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II, earning the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After the passing of Marine Colonel William P. McCahill, brother of Robert, in 1999, the McCahill Award was amended to honor both brothers. The award is now presented in both men's names.