Bruce Miller - Bio

 

 

 

Bruce Miller is the head coach of the boys varsity soccer team.  If the name sounds familiar and you were an avid NPSL soccer fan, you would remember that Bruce was the head coach of the Cleveland Crunch from 1995 – 1999.  

 

 

 

Player Profile

The Canadian citizen started his soccer career in 1974 as a member of his country's National Youth Team. In that same year, at the age of 17, Bruce made the jump to the Canadian National Team. He became the youngest player to play for the Canadian Nation Team, (17 years, 6 months). In the following two years, Bruce made appearances on the Canadian Olympic Team (1975) and the team at Simon Fraser University (1975-76). The SFU Team went to the NAIA finals in 1975 and won in 1976. He then returned home to play for the Canadian National Team.

 

  • 1974 – Province of British Columbia U-19 Select Team Player1974 – Sent by Canadian National Team Management to train in Cologne, Germany

  • 1974 – Canadian National Youth Team Player

  • 1974 – Canadian Men’s National Team Player (Youngest player ever – 17 Yrs. and 6 mos.)

  • 1975 – Finalist – British Columbia High School Athlete of the Year

  • 1975 – Vancouver Whitecaps (NASL)

  • 1975 – Simon Fraser University (NAIA), Burnaby, British Columbia – NAIA Finalist

  • 1975 – Member of Canadian 1976 Olympic Soccer Team Pool (withdrew due to injury)

  • 1976 – Simon Fraser University – Captain – NAIA Champions1977 – Canadian National Team 

 

His professional career began in 1978 as a member of the Seattle Sounders of the old NASL. During those three years he made a brief stop in Cleveland as a loan player to the Cleveland Force in the MISL, (1979). He returned to the Canadian National Team for the 1980-81 season.  The next stop in Bruce's pro career was with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers in the NASL, (1982-83). He was named an honorable mention all-star in 1983. He then played for the Minnesota Strikers of the NASL/MISL, (1984-86).

 

  • 1978 - 1980 – Seattle Sounders (North American Soccer League)

  • 1981 - 1984 - Canada’s World Cup Qualifying team

  • 1982 – 1986 – Ft. Lauderdale/Minnesota Strikers (NASL/MISL)     

 

Coaching Profile

Bruce's playing career was abruptly interrupted when he contracted a staph infection in his knee joint after a minor operation. Although he remained on the roster through 1986, he only played in three games that season. It was that incident that sent him on the path to coaching. His first and only coaching position prior to the Crunch was as an assistant for the Minnesota Strikers, where Hector Marinaro played for him, during the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons. Bruce became the fourth Head Coach in the Crunch history on September 11, 1995.

 

  • 1986 – United States Soccer Federation National “B” License Coach – Minneapolis, MN

  • 1986 – 1988 – Minnesota Strikers (MISL) Assistant Coach and Director of Community Relations

  • 1987 – United States Soccer Federation National “A” License Coach – Tampa, FL

  • 1987 – North Regional Women’s Coach at the US Olympic Sports Festival – Houston, TX

  • 1988 – 1989 – Head Coach at Prior Lake High School – Prior Lake, MN

  • 1990 – 1991 – Minnesota Olympic Development Program (Boys) Staff Coach

  • 1992 – United States Youth Soccer Association Region II (Boys) Staff Coach

  • 1993 – 1994 – Coaching Consultant – Anoka High School Boys and Girls Soccer Teams – Anoka, MN

  • 1995 – 2001 – Head Coach – Cleveland Crunch Indoor Professional Soccer Team (2 time champions)  

 

Presently, Bruce resides in Brunswick with his wife Wendy. They have two sons, Cole and Justin. Bruce is the owner of Pro Soccer Services Inc., and the Director of all Sports Programming at UXL Sports and Fitness in Brunswick, Ohio.