Steve Miller is an American athlete, coach and businessman from Chicago.
Born in Chicago, Miller attended college in his home state of Illinois at Bradley University in Peoria and Governors State University in University Park, earning respectively Bachelor of Science degrees in English Literature and Physical Education and a Masters of Arts degree in Contemporary English Literature. Thereafter, he relocated to San Luis Obispo, California to receive a Master of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University.
In 1965, Miller played professional American football with the NFL team Detroit Lions, a career path that ended with an injury to his knee after only four exhibition games. After ten years teaching track and English in Chicago's Bloom Township High School, Miller became head coach at California Polytechnic State University until 1981, moving into the same position at Kansas State University until 1987. After a year as president of the Special Olympics in Pennsylvania, Miller returned to Kansas State University to serve for four years as Director of Athletics.