5-17-2011 Miller out at Mississippi State

 

MSU DOES NOT RENEW CONTRACT OF SOFTBALL COACH JAY MILLER

STARKVILLE, Miss. –Women’s College Softball News
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Contact: Brock Turnipseed (662.325.7556 or 662.295.3037)

SOFTBALL COACH JAY MILLER’S CONTRACT NOT RENEWED; MSU TO BEGIN IMMEDIATE SEARCH

STARKVILLE, Miss. –Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin announced Wednesday the contract of softball head coach Jay Miller would not be renewed by the university.

“We appreciate everything Jay has done for our softball program through his nine years as our head coach,” Stricklin said, “and we wish him the best in all his future activities.  These are always difficult decisions, however, we believe it was time for new leadership to guide our program in a different direction.”

 Miller’s contract expires June 30.  A national search will begin immediately to find his replacement.

After taking the Mississippi State softball program to five NCAA post-season tournaments during his first six years at the head of the program, the Bulldogs were just 78-89 over the last three seasons.

Miller compiled a 295-253 ledger in his nine years at MSU, the winningest mark in program history. This past season, his 29th as a collegiate head coach, he claimed career victory No. 1,000 with a 4-3 win against Auburn on April 8.

A 2008 inductee into the NFCA Hall of Fame, Miller guided three players to All-America status a total of eight times. He also coached 14 All-SEC selections, including freshman of the year winners Courtney Bures (2005) and Chelsea Bramlett (2007).

His squads also excelled in the classroom. During his tenure, 59 Mississippi State players earned NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete awards, and 88 student-athletes garnered Academic All-SEC laurels. Two players, Bramlett (2010) and Kate Jaspers (2004), earned Academic All-American of the Year honors from CoSIDA.

The Bulldogs earned a second-straight NCAA Public Recognition Award for finishing in the top 10 percent of the Academic Progress Rate.

 Miller was named the head coach of the United States National Team in 2009, and during a two-year stint, he guided the Red, White and Blue to six gold medals in as many events.

Women’s College Softball News
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Contact: Brock Turnipseed (662.325.7556 or 662.295.3037)

SPY NOTE:

When Jay Miller was head coach at Missouri, NFCA, whose executive director is Lacey Lee Baker, was also headquartered in Columbia.  When Miller relocated to Starkville, the NFCA Board of Directors agreed to move NFCA operations to Starkville.  The MSU press release of course does not address this issue, but the question and answer are of prime interest in the softball world.  RFH

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