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Whitehall football coach John Millett is shown training at the school in 2009.


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John Millett, who coached football for six decades and was later included in three halls of fame, died Wednesday. He was 87.

Millett began his coaching career with Granville from 1957 to 1961. He went on to coach at Whitehall from 1966 to 1990 and later did two more stints in the 1990s and first decade of the next century. His teams have won 195 games and numerous championships.

He also coached for the Glens Falls Greenjackets for two seasons, leading the semi-pro team to back-to-back NAFL Empire Division titles and the 2009 North Atlantic Region Championship.

Millett is a member of the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame, the Whitehall Sports Hall of Fame and the Greenjackets Hall of Fame.

In the 1960s, Millett took over a Whitehall team known for its determination and success. The program had been built by other legendary coaches, such as Ambrose Gilligan, but Millett built on his own legacy. He was 185-106-9 in Whitehall.



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He demanded the best of everyone, said Whitehall athletic director Keith Redmond, who played under Millett as a Whitehall student in the 1980s. Children worked hard for him. … It was amazing how well prepared his teams were.

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He had the opportunity to have kids in sports, said Bob Diekel, the Whitehall wrestling coach who has also worked with the football program, and they played hard for him. He would have kids that other people wouldn’t think of to play … for some reason they almost always responded.

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