Master Tennis Instructor
A profound love for the game of tennis, supreme knowledge of the sport and the highest devotion to his students and community is what made Todd Miller the most accomplished tennis coach in Buffalo’s history. More than teaching the fundamentals of the game, Coach Miller helped instill in his players, a fervor and sense of enjoyment for the game that would last a lifetime.
Born and raised in Buffalo, Miller’s career as a player, coach, owner and contributor earned him a multitude of honors and distinctions. From 1977-80, he was the University at Buffalo’s top player and established a school record for the highest career winning percentage (84.6%) for a first singles player. Through the years he captured numerous MUNY and City Open singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles. In 2010, at age 50, Miller became the MUNY’s oldest ever Men’s Open Doubles Champion in its 90 year history.
Miller’s accomplishments as a player pale in comparison to his exploits as a teaching professional. For 27 years, he served as Executive Director and Head Professional of Amherst Hills Tennis Club, before establishing Miller Tennis Center, where he has been Owner, Executive Director and Head Professional since 2007.
For 32 consecutive years, Miller directed Western New York’s largest junior program, which produced a countless number of players who achieved college scholarships and national rankings. He personally coached four National Champions, two Division I All-Americans and worked with several others who continued on to compete on the Pro Tour. It is believed that Miller has taught the sport of tennis to more individuals than anyone else in Western New York history, and trained, educated and professionally certified more area tennis coaches than anyone else. Under his tutelage, 20 of his staff assistants became either collegiate head coaches or head professionals.
Considered by some to be the all-time greatest contributor to Buffalo area tennis, Miller established the Buffalo Tennis Hall of Fame, Buffalo Tennis Series, Buffalo Tennis Night, and Buffalo’s first ever Women’s Professional Tour Event. He also brought numerous world class exhibition matches and world renowned speakers to the Buffalo area.
Along the way, Miller earned the titles of USTA National Coach, USA High Performance Coach, PTR National Clinician and was named Eastern Coach of the Year, New York State Professional of the Year, International Tester of the Year and captured another International honor for directing the world’s highest credentialed pro staff – all honors from the Professional Tennis Registry. In 2006, Todd Miller attained elite international status, receiving the title of “Master Professional” from the PTR. Miller became only the 25th coach in the world ever to receive this distinction – a career lifetime achievement honor based on excellence in coaching and for contributing to the sport of tennis.