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VIDEO: Dayton coach Archie Miller gives emotional speech at Steve McElvene's funeral

Published: Saturday, May 21, 2016 @ 7:09 PM
Updated: Monday, May 23, 2016 @ 8:30 AM
By: Mike Hartsock and David Jablonski - Staff Writers

Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller spoke about Steve McElvene at his funeral today in Fort Wayne. It was the coach's first comments about McElvene since he died at home May 12 in Fort Wayne.

An emotional Miller was comforted by two of his players, as he recalled his personal conversations with McElvene and how he interacted with children during a camp.

"I know you loved your family dearly. You wore it on your sleeve every day. You didn't want to let anyone down.

"For as long as I live, May 12 will be a day that will shake me."

Portion of Miller's Speech

"Steve, when I see your family, I remember walking into your house  for the first time and seeing how happy everyone was for you, that you were coming with us and you were going to college. I know you loved your family dearly. You wore it on your sleeve every day. You didn't want to let anyone down. I still can remember watching film when you dunked all over Alabama. You ran down the court pointing to your family in the crowd. You forgot the game was going on and lost your man and the ball. Your man caught the ball. You recovered. He fell down. You pumped your fist, and the crowd went wild. We discussed this the following day at length."

"Tough times call for tough people, and nobody is tougher than your mother. She's been a survivor her whole life. Now we can be there when she needs it the most, and whenever she needs us, she can always just pick up the phone and call."

"I know this. I have piece of mind. We fought as hard as we could for you while you with us. Every phase of your life, people gave everything they had to help you get where you wanted to go."

"For as long as I live, May 12 will be a day that will shake me. I can’t say I’ve ever been that scared or sick to my stomach in my life. Calls come in daily from the staff. Every time they are usually the same in one way or the other: some good, some hard to shake, but i’m usually read for the next step. Your guy (Coach Allen Griffin) called me, and I knew things were different."

I already transcribed most of it if you want to use these quotes. I just thought it might be overkill to post another burst. The burst I posted earlier was also from his speech.

 

Steve, when I see your family, I remember walking into your house  for the first time and seeing how happy everyone was for you, that you were coming with us and you were going to college. I know you loved your family dearly. You wore it on your sleeve every day. You didn't want to let anyone down. I still can remember watching film when you dunked all over Alabama. You ran down the court pointing to your family in the crowd. You forgot the game was going on and lost your man and the ball. Your man caught the ball. You recovered. He fell down. You pumped your fist, and the crowd went wild. We discussed this the following day at length.

 

Tough times call for tough people, and nobody is tougher than your mother. She's been a survivor her whole life. Now we can be there when she needs it the most, and whenever she needs us, she can always just pick up the phone and call.

 

I know this. I have piece of mind. We fought as hard as we could for you while you with us. Every phase of your life, people gave everything they had to help you get where you wanted to go.

 

For as long as I live, May 12 will be a day that will shake me. I can’t say I’ve ever been that scared or sick to my stomach in my life. Calls come in daily from the staff. Every time they are usually the same in one way or the other: some good, some hard to shake, but i’m usually read for the next step. Your guy (Coach Allen Griffin) called me, and I knew things were different.