UVa has hired Blake Miller to be the schools new head softball coach. Miller has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Oregon, helping lead the Ducks to the super regional round of the NCAA Tournament each season.
Miller worked with hitters and infielders at Oregon. The Ducks batted .329 with 80 home runs and averaged 6.13 runs this past season. Miller helped Oregon reach the College World Series in 2012.
UVa Athletics Director Craig Littlepage says, "We are committed to building a softball program at UVA that can compete with the best programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference and nationally,". "I believe with the vision, the plan, and the hard work of Blake Miller, we have the opportunity to be a team that competes for championships. Coach Miller has a wonderful background and a wealth of experience in a top softball program like Oregon. His knowledge of the collegiate and club softball communities allows him to draw on the great contacts he has throughout the country, which will benefit our program in many different ways."
"I would first like to thank Craig Littlepage for providing me the opportunity to be part of an incredibly successful athletics department as the head coach of the UVa softball team," Miller said. "This is an exciting time for my family and me being welcomed into Charlottesville and at an institution steeped in a strong tradition of academic and athletic excellence.
"I'm looking forward to getting to work and bringing my version of speed and aggressiveness to the Virginia softball program and to leading the Cavaliers to ACC and national prominence."
In addition to his 13-year coaching career, Miller is a seven-time member of the USA Men's National Team and helped Team USA capture gold at the 2002 Pan-American Qualifier in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and a silver medal at the 2003 Pan-American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Before coaching at Oregon, Miller led Division II Texas A&M-Kingsville to a 76-79 record from 2008-2010.
Miller replaces Eileen Schmidt, who resigned last month after six seasons.