POSTED: Monday February 16th 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jay Miller named USA Softball Women’s National team head coach
Miller lead the 2007 USA Softball Junior Women’s World Championship team to the gold medal
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—- The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) and the USA Softball Women’s National team selection committee announced today the selection of Jay Miller (Starkville, Miss.) as the USA Softball Women’s National team coach. After leading the 2007 USA Softball Junior Women’s World Championship team to the gold medal, Miller now will lead the four-time Olympic medal winning team as they head into the 2009 season.
The USA Softball Women’s National team coaching staff will be selected from the existing coaching pool and will be named at a later date.
“This a tremendous honor,” said head coach Jay Miller. “I have been fortunate to work with USA Softball for almost 20 years in one capacity or another and this is a great opportunity. I have been fortunate to work with the best softball players in the world and I look forward to doing so again this summer.”
\“Jay brings to the table proven success at the international level, extensive knowledge of the game and a long history in several capacities with the USA Softball Women\‘s Program,” said USA Softball Director of National Teams Ronnie Isham. “I look forward to working with Jay and his leadership of the USA Softball Women\‘s Program into the future.\”
“Jay Miller’s selection as the Head Coach of our Women’s Team will bring a wealth of experience to our Program,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “All of us at ASA/USA Softball are fortunate to have coaches like Jay that are committed to our Program and the development of softball worldwide. I am looking forward to working with Jay as USA Softball embarks on a very aggressive 2009 schedule to showcase softball this year prior to the IOC vote that hopefully reinstates softball to the Summer Olympic Program.”
“Our sport is really at a huge crossroads after the dismissal from the 2012 Olympic Games,” added Miller. “Things are uncertain and it is an important summer for softball worldwide and the U.S. to get the backing from the IOC and get the votes to get back on the Olympic Program.”
Miller’s most recent international acclaim came in 2007 when he guided the USA Softball Junior National Team to the gold medal at the Junior World Championships in the Netherlands after posting a perfect 10-0 mark in the qualifier the previous fall. Miller first became involved with USA Softball during the 1992-96 quadrennium, serving on the selection committee that would ultimately be in charge of selecting the squad that would compete in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
He served as head coach of the U.S. Red squad that took the gold medal at the 2001 U.S. Cup, and the USA Elite team that claimed the 2003 Canada Cup after finishing runner-up a year earlier. In 2004, Miller assisted the national squad in gold-medal runs at the International Sports Invitational and the Intercontinental Cup. Miller returned to the Canada Cup in 2005, as an assistant coach on the U.S. team that brought home the silver medal. The next year he assisted the Red, White and Blue’s World University Games team to the championship in Taiwan.
Recently, Miller kicked off his 27th coaching season and seventh in for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The NFCA Hall of Fame inductee holds a 935-582 record, ranking him 12th among active NCAA Division I head coaches. Under his leadership last season, his Mississippi State squad returned to the postseason for the fifth time in his six seasons at the helm. The 2008 contingent finished with a 41-22 record, the second-most wins in school history, and set school records for batting average (.311) and stolen bases (126).
The ‘08 campaign also saw him reach a couple of personal milestones, as he won his 900th career game with a victory over Syracuse on Mar. 1 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. He coached his 1,500th career game on May 3 in a win over Arkansas, and he surpassed the 200-win plateau at MSU, ending the year just three wins from becoming the school’s winningest softball coach.
The success he has enjoyed both on and off the field at the collegiate and international level earned him a distinguished place among fast pitch softball’s coaching greats in the National Fast pitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Last December he became just the third SEC head coach to be inducted into the annals, joining Yvette Girouard of LSU and Joyce Compton of South Carolina as part of the association’s 18th class.
In addition to his coaching prowess, Miller is a leading authority on softball technology, having written more than 30 articles for professional publication. He most recently authored a chapter entitled “Offensive Strategy” for The Softball Coaching Bible, published by Human Kinetics Press in 2002.
Miller began his educational career at the University of Grenoble in Grenoble, France, completing his International Studies Program there before obtaining his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Illinois State in Normal, Ill., in 1978. He completed his Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in counseling and personnel services at Purdue University in 1979.
Miller and wife Lacy Lee Baker, Executive Director of the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association, have one daughter, Nicole (3-30-91).
USA Softball Coaching Career
- USA Softball National Team Selection Committee (1992-96)
- Team Leader For USA Softball National Team at Pan American Qualifying Tournament (1994)
- USA National Team Coaching Staff (1997-2008)
- Assistant Coach for USA Softball National Team at Pan American and World Championship qualifying tournament (1997)
- Head Coach for USA Blue National Team at Canada Cup and American Challenge Series (1999)
- Head Coach for USA Red National Team at US Cup (2001)
- Assistant Coach for USA Red National Team at Softball Shootout and Canada Cup (2001)
- Head Coach for USA Softball Elite Team at Canada Cup (2002-04)
- Head Coach for USA Softball National Team at World University Games (2004)
- Assistant Coach for USA Softball National Team at International Sports Invitational (June, 2005)
Collegiate Coaching Career
- 1980-81: Head Coach, Purdue University
- 1982-84: Assistant Coach, University of Missouri
- 1987-2002: Head Coach, University of Missouri
- 2003 – Current, Mississippi State
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team Programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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