PURCHASE, N.Y. – A former Division III head coach and a top assistant at the Division I level, Gregg Miller has been named the new head coach of the Manhattanville men’s soccer team, Athletic Director Keith Levinthal announced Friday.

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“This is an exciting chance to be at the helm of a program with an ambitious and forward-thinking athletic department,” said Miller. “I’m grateful to Mr. Levinthal and the search committee for this fantastic opportunity, and plan to repay them with a work ethic and level of commitment to this program that will make the institution proud. I hope that, in time, everyone at Manhattanville will look to the men’s soccer team as an example for others to follow in terms of success, dedication, and commitment to the campus community. The environment at the school lends itself to success and I plan to do everything possible to make that happen.”

“I am very excited to have Gregg take over as our new men’s soccer coach,” Levinthal said. “He has a proven track record of excellence at both the Division I and III levels, and I look forward to having him take our program to the same levels of success.”

Miller comes to Purchase from Brown University, where he has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the school’s nationally recognized men’s soccer team and helped compile a cumulative record of 32-14-10. With Miller on staff, the Bears appeared in the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons, including an appearance in the round of 16 and a 10th-place finish in the final NSCAA Division I national rankings in 2010.

Prior to his time in Providence, Miller built the men’s soccer program from the ground up at Division III Johnson & Wales University and helmed the Wildcat men’s team for 14 seasons, leading the squad to five conference championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. A three-time Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (2002, 2003, 2005), he posted a 10-6-2 record in the program’s second season and a 142-106-16 overall mark at the school. He truly excelled in his final six seasons, compiling an 83-40-10 mark and guiding the program to four conference titles, four NCAA Tournament berths and a 2004 ECAC New England championship.

In addition to his collegiate coaching duties, Miller also has served as the Director of Coaching for Bruno United FC since 2007 and is responsible for all facets of the 14-team development-based premier soccer club. During his tenure with Bruno, no fewer than 10 teams won state championships, and the club boasted in excess of 18 state finals appearances.  He also has served as a staff coach for the Brown University Soccer Camps since 1998 and as an assistant director since 2008.

A native of Birmingham, England, Miller is a 1994 graduate of Johnson & Wales and coached the nascent men’s and women’s soccer teams for two seasons at the start of his coaching career. He also received his master’s degree in international business from the school in 1997.

Miller’s first game at the helm of the Valiants comes on Sept. 1, as the Valiants host York (N.Y.) College in a non-conference contest at GoValiants.com Field beginning at 4 p.m. Manhattanville will play 13 matches on the home turf in 2011, including the team’s annual Valiant Classic on Sept. 9-10.