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Apr 21, 2018
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Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame

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Miles Irish

Class of 1983, Track & Field

Miles Irish has tireless energy, a positive attitude and passion that have carried him farther than he ever anticipated.

Once the legendary Spartan’s track coach, Richard Stevens spotted his natural talent; he would do nothing but run. His training work ethic was unrivaled and paid off in spades. He ran cross country for three seasons, and indoor and outdoor track for four seasons each. During this time, he won 18 Suburban Council Championships, 12 individually and 6 on relay teams, before schools were divided by divisions. He was a two-time New York State Champion in the 1000 meter. Miles 1000 National meter record is still the Section 2 and New York State Record 27 years later, and he is still number four all-time at the event in the United States. He held Section 2 records in six events, including the outdoor 1500 meters, 1600 meters and the 3200-meter runs. He was the school record holder in 13 events, and still holds four of them in outdoor track. Miles was the only male athlete to ever hold five NY State track & field records at the same time, three of these are still standing. While at BH-BL, he earned 11 varsity letters, was captain of two of his teams, and was a two event National Record Holder.

Afforded by a very impressive high school running career, Miles was courted by several top universities. Upon choosing Georgetown University, he took full advantage of his educational and running opportunities. He was able to double major in Psychology and Finance while traveling all over the country competing. He was a four-time Big East Champion, three-time IC4A Champion, and a 3-time NCCA All American. In 1987 he anchored the Hoya’s 4x800m Indoor American Record setting relay team and was a member of the Georgetown Distance Medley Relay who won the Penn Relays in World Record time. In 2007, Miles was inducted into the Penn Relay Hall of Fame.

After graduating in 1987, he ran professionally before an injury found him settling in Southern California. Never discouraged, Miles took to road biking to fuel the need for competition. He channeled his energy and passion to start a career as a Financial Advisor. He has been working at Merrill Lynch for the last 19 years where he is Senior First Vice President in Manhattan Beach, CA.

The same traits that made him a successful runner are making him a wonderful father, husband and provider to his lovely family in Palos Verdes Estates, California. His wife of 17 years, Paula, and children, Miles III, Morgan and Ian share his passion for competition and exercise. The family enjoys traveling, and working out together.

Miles currently coaches his children’s middle school cross country team where he has over 60 athletes on his team which has a record of 18-0. He also helps out with his son’s high school cross country team who is currently ranked #2 in the country in the pre-season polls. He inspires the young athletes and this is one of his greatest accomplishments.

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