ANNVILLE, Pa. — Lebanon Valley College has selected former Delaware and Millersville head coach Carol Miller to lead its field hockey program.
Miller, the 2009 NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year, has spent the last 18 seasons at her alma mater, Delaware, where she led the Blue Hens to three conference titles and a pair of NCAA tournament appearances, most recently in 2009.
“I look forward with great enthusiasm to working with such committed student-athletes, accomplished colleagues and extraordinary administrators as I become a member of the Lebanon Valley College family,” Miller said. “Having grown up in the Lancaster area and competing in the Lancaster-Lebanon League, I feel as if I am coming home.
“It is my hope to continue to provide an atmosphere that inspires and challenges our young women to take the next step in attaining consistent national prominence and excellence in not only their athletic undertakings, but also in the pursuit of excellence in their future endeavors.”
At LVC, Miller inherits one of the nation’s top Division III programs. The Dutchmen have appeared in six consecutive NCAA tournaments and return a pair of all-Americans up front, including two-time national scoring leader Jocelyn Novak and 2010 national assists leader Caitlin Vasey. LVC (19-3 last season) is coming off its second consecutive NCAA Elite Eight appearance, and earned the nation’s No. 1 ranking last October.
“We feel fortunate to have found someone like Carol Miller to continue the legacy of success for LVC field hockey,” said LVC Athletic Director, Rick Beard. “Her experience, passion, and dedication to the sport and to the development of successful student-athletes will help our program continue to be one of the nation’s best.”
Miller is no stranger to central Pennsylvania; she is a native of East Petersburg and graduate of Hempfield High School, where she is a member of the hall of fame. She spent eight years coaching field hockey, softball, and track and field at Millersville after graduating from Delaware. There, she guided the Marauders’ field hockey team to five NCAA tournament appearances, including an NCAA runner-up finish.
Miller arrived at Delaware in 1993, and she proceeded to lead the Blue Hens to 12 postseason appearances, including two conference titles (2004 and 2009) and two NCAA tournament appearances. In 2009, she was named the womensfieldhockey.com Division I National Coach of the Year following a 14-6 campaign that saw Delaware win the CAA title and advance to the NCAA Tournament while earning a No. 11 ranking from the NFHCA.
In 26 seasons as a head coach at Millersville and Delaware, Miller has a 280-211-18 combined record. She is a member of both schools’ halls of fame.
Miller has served on numerous committees during her coaching career, including as Division II President of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (1990-91), Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year Committee Chair (2006-08), and Regional All-American Committee (1987-89 and 2002-05).
She has been involved in coaching the United States Field Hockey Association Developmental/FUTURES program since 1982, and holds Level 1 and 2 coaching certifications from the USFHA.