Originally Posted by ducktapeyourma
Kyle Miller- Adrenalin Rush, Stinger Factory, UW-Whitewater
He really brought a huge shift to the level of college play for the Wisconsin Universities. Before him there were college "teams" but he in my opinion was responsible for bringing the Wisconsin teams to a higher level of competition and bringing them to the national forefront. I may be wrong but that was my perception as I knew him personally and when I was a part of the Stout club.
Kyle was a part of a group, including myself and a few others that joined the Whitewater club in '04-05 that really took the club and turned it around. Some internal adjustments as well as Kyle's involvement with Stinger really helped us, because it got us a foot in the door and a quality place to play every week. His focus was always more on Stinger than the Whitewater club, but he worked there and that was also his primary team, so it was understandable.
There was something about the '06-07 school year that a whole bunch of Midwest North (WI, MN, UP, IL) teams stepped it up and really brought the teams here to that "national forefront" that you mentioned. Not a coincidence, I believe that was the year the Midwest North was formed, and it gave some structure to a "division" of teams that before had to travel to West Lafeyette (Purdue) and the middle of Illinois to play NCPA tournaments. That wasn't too bad for Whitewater, but teams like Michigan Tech or any of the Minnesota teams didn't make it to many of them, because it was simply too far.
I could go on and on... I played Fall '04 to Spring '09, thankfully getting to quit on the highest note possible by winning Nationals. Regardless, I've witnessed a lot of Midwest college paintball and I'm just glad that those of us that passed through over the last 6-7 years from every university have left the region in much better condition than it was. I remember practices my freshman year that the teams heard we were a college team, and they laughed at us. That wasn't the case in the more recent years...