Girls Golf: Longtime Regis Jesuit coach George Miller retires, Eric Ptolemy takes over successful program

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Regis Jesuit girls golf coach George Miller, left, walks with 2015 graduate Sydney Gillespie during her round at the Class 5A Central Regional tournament played on May 4, 2015, at Heather Ridge Golf Club in Aurora. Miller, who has led the Raiders to three state championships, including the past two in 5A, has decided to retire. Eric Ptolemy has been hired to take over the program. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Regis Jesuit girls golf coach George Miller, left, walks with 2015 graduate Sydney Gillespie during her round at the Class 5A Central Regional tournament played on May 4, 2015, at Heather Ridge Golf Club in Aurora. Miller, who has led the Raiders to three state championships, including the past two in 5A, has decided to retire. Eric Ptolemy has been hired to take over the program. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Successful longtime Regis Jesuit girls golf coach George Miller is retiring from coaching according to athletic director John Koslosky.

Miller started the program when the Girls Division of the school opened and coached the Raiders in all but a three-season span between 2008 and 2010, leading the program to three state championships between its time in Class 4A and 5A.

Eric Ptolemy, a theology teacher in the Regis Jesuit boys division and a member of the boys team that finished second in the 2005 5A state tournament under Miller, has been hired to take over the program according to Koslosky.

Under Miller’s direction, Regis Jesuit has won the past two 5A state championships, including a weather-shortened tournament in May, and he’s been at the helm for three of the program’s four state titles.

The Raiders won a 4A state crown under Craig Rogers — who has guided Regis Jesuit’s boys team to five 5A state championships in the past six seasons — in 2010 and Miller took over again the next season and led them to another 4A title in 2012.

Regis Jesuit moved up to 5A in 2013 and finished third in its first season, following that with state titles in each of the past two seasons.

With seniors Mary Weinstein and Ali Timlin and junior Jaclyn Murray expected to return, the Raiders have the makings of a team that could make a run at a three-peat.

Longtime program assistant Charlie Rutenbeck will return to help Ptolemy, as will Girls Division teacher Mallory Champa.

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