Pittsburgh names Miller head coach
Former Ohio State assistant brings much experience to Panthers
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh has named Greg Miller, the associate head coach at Ohio State, as the third head coach in Panther history. The hiring was announced on Sunday by Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson.
“We are excited to have Greg Miller join the University of Pittsburgh as the head women’s soccer coach. He has a long track record of success as a coach, including the consistent excellence established during his tenure at Ohio State,” Pederson said. “Greg’s experience in winning the Big Ten, regular appearances in the NCAA tournament and a (national semifinals) appearance last season give him a unique set of qualifications. Not only has he proven his ability to recruit and coach the finest players in the country, but he will lead us into the ACC, the top soccer conference in the country. We are thrilled to welcome Greg and his family to Pittsburgh”.
In 11 years at Ohio State, which includes the last six as associate head coach, Miller helped guide the Buckeyes to three Big Ten Championships and seven NCAA Tournament berths.
“I am extremely excited and grateful to Steve Pederson, (Pitt Executive Associate Athletic Director) Donna Sanft and the entire Pitt Athletics department for the opportunity to lead the University of Pittsburgh women’s soccer program,” Miller said. “There are a host of things that attracted me to this job: the high academic reputation, the amazing campus and the new on-campus soccer facility are just a few. It is clear that Pitt is committed to taking the next step and I am confident in our future home in the ACC.”
Ohio State claimed one of its most successful seasons in program history in 2010. The Buckeyes finished 17-5-2 on their way to a Big Ten regular season championship and an appearance in their first NCAA College Cup.
Under the tutelage of Miller, Cassie Dickerson was named the 2010 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. The Buckeyes won three major conference awards that season as Paige Maxwell was voted the Offensive Player of the Year and head coach Lori Walker was selected as the Coach of the Year.
The 2011 season marked the final year for a nine-member Scarlet and Gray senior class that compiled a school-record 51 victories.
In total, Miller has coached five consensus All-Americans, four freshman All-America honorees and 12 All-Big Ten First Team selections. Miller has helped to mentor 75 student-athletes to academic All-Big Ten accolades and eight NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-Americans.
With Miller on the coaching staff, the Buckeyes posted 10 or more wins on eight occasions and set the school record with 19 victories in 2004. OSU also set numerous records that season, including most goals (62), assists (63), shutouts (13) and goals-against average (0.67) and an appearance in the national quarterfinals.
Ohio State -- under Miller’ s defensive effort -- has consistently been a difficult team for opponents to score on. He has helped direct the Buckeyes to their top four seasons for fewest goals allowed (17 in 2003, 18 in 2004, 13 in 2009 and 15 in 2010).
“I am very proud of Greg and grateful for the 11 years he has helped us here at Ohio State,” Ohio State head coach Lori Walker said. “His contributions to our excellence are deeply embedded in the program. Pittsburgh is a wonderful opportunity for Greg and his family. I am excited to watch him rebuild the Pitt women's soccer program.”
Prior to Ohio State, Miller was an assistant coach at Butler University for two seasons (1999-2000).