May 12, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - Jim Miller has been selected to serve as the next Saint Joseph's University Hawk mascot, beginning with the 2006-07 academic year. He becomes the 30th student to represent the University as its men's basketball mascot.
Miller, who will be entering his junior year at the University, was chosen after the selection process that consisted of interviews with an athletic department committee that included head basketball coach Phil Martelli.
"I was very impressed with the quality of candidates. The four finalists reflected positively on the student body of Saint Joseph's. It was a difficult decision and I appreciate the work of the committee. I am confident that Jim Miller will proudly uphold the wonderful tradition which is so prominently associated with Saint Joseph's University," said Martelli.
The Hawk is one of the most renowned mascots in all of college athletics and is a rarity among mascots because it travels to every game, home or away. The student who serves as the mascot has been the recipient of an endowed scholarship since 1992, and also performs the responsibilities of a team manager. Recognized by many publications over the years as the nation's top collegiate mascot, The Hawk is known for flapping its wings continuously during an entire game.
Miller hails from Broomall, PA, and is a graduate of Malvern Prep. He has served as a basketball team manager for the Hawks for the past two seasons and is majoring in public administration at SJU.
"Being named "The Hawk" is the realization of a dream that started for me around the age of five when I attended my first St. Joe's basketball game with my father. I'm ecstatic that the committee chose me out of all the other candidates. I look forward to the honor, to following in the footsteps of those former Hawks that have gone before me, and to living the motto, "The Hawk Will Never Die!", said Miller.
Miller is very active in youth sports and has been a basketball official for both the PIAA and CYO for the past few years, while also working summer camps at Malvern Prep.
Jim Brennan originated the idea for the Saint Joseph's Hawk during the 1954-55 season, and made his debut as The Hawk on January 4, 1956, in a 69-56 SJU win over La Salle at The Palestra. This past season, 2005-06, Saint Joseph's celebrated the golden anniversary of the mascot.