STOCKTON, Calif. – The University of the Pacific Department of Athletics has announced Mark Miller and Bob Amerman as the 2017-18 recipients of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award.
For the first time in its 36 year history, the Stagg Awards will be held in conjunction with the 2017-18 Pacific Hall of Fame induction and Student-Athletes of the Year Awards ceremony.
The event is set to take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in the Alex G. Spanos Center. A Social hour, which includes a no-host bar, will begin at 6:00 p.m. Dinner and the awards program will immediately follow at 7:00 p.m. Individuals can reserve their tickets today by contacting Pam Nogare at 209-946-3945, Rebecca Scharmann via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online. The price for tickets is $50. A discounted rate will be provided for children 12 years and younger.
Miller and Ammerman join a prestigious group of 79 that have not only attended and graduated from the University of the Pacific, but have remained an integral part of the surrounding community.
The Amos Alonzo Stagg Award was established in 1981 by former Graduate Manager of Athletics Bob Breeden, Pacific Alumni Director Kara Brewer, and Director of Athletics Elkin Isaac. The award recognizes an alumnus who participated in athletics at Pacific and who has gone on to achieve distinction in his/her life through the notable examples of integrity, dedication, idealism, and team spirit.
Mark Miller Sr.
Sport: Football, Baseball
Miller is one of three generations in his family to attend the University of the Pacific, graduating with degrees in both physical education and social sciences in 1968. During his collegiate career he participated in both football and baseball.
Following graduation, Miller went on to teach both World History and English for 40 years at Linden High School. During that time he served as an assistant football coach for 21 years and then went on to spend the next 29 years as the Lions’ head coach. He led LHS to 163 victories, which included eight league championships, 12 CIF playoff berths and three Section Final appearances. Miller was tabbed the league Coach of the Year on 11 occasions, including as the Stockton Record Area Football Coach of the Year in both 1981 and 1985.
Currently he is in his 19th season as Linden High School’s head softball coach. His teams have won a total of five league titles and two section titles en route to earning Coach of the Year honors five times.
Miller has devoted a significant amount of time in the community, which included but is not limited to serving on the Board of Trustees of Linden Unified Methodist Church, the Board of Directors of the Linden Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Linden Lions Club, Linden Athletic Booster Club, St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s “No One Dies Alone” program.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be recognized by the University of the Pacific. My father was the class of 1930, my brothers the class of 1960 and 1985, and my son the class of 1997.”
Amerman has devoted nearly 60 years of his life on the baseball diamond. After graduating from the Tigers’ program in 1962 he went on to coach at both Linden High School and Lincoln High School. He is currently coaching football at Lincoln High School.
As a player, Amerman received the Outstanding Senior Award in 1962 prior to graduating with a social science degree with a concentration in education.
From 1966-2008 Amerman coached the Linden High Lions baseball team to 610 wins, which included Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championships in 2004 and 2005. Over the 2004 and 2005 seasons his teams combined for 38 consecutive victories, which is the most in section history and ranks No. 3 all-time in the State record books. Following the 2005 season Amerman was tabbed the All-State Division IV Coach of the Year.
31 players from Linden High School have gone on to play baseball at a four-year university and 11 players have been drafted to the MLB, including 2017 All-Star Aaron Judge, who also finished as the American League Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion.
Amerman’s experience maintaining baseball fields the past 40 years has contributed greatly to his community service efforts, as he has assisted in enhancing various city facilities including, Pixie Woods, Edison High School, Fremont Jr. High School, Billy Hebert Field and several other local parks. In addition, he has donated his time and financially to the St. Mary’s Dining Room.