During a painful 2014 outdoor track season, the Gophers junior finished strong while battling an injury
The Gophers junior recorded a personal-best throw in Eugene, Ore.
Junior Devin Stanford will represent Minnesota at the NCAA championships
Saturday's meet begins with field events at 11 a.m.
Throwing coach Peter Miller is a former Golden Gopher student-athlete
Peter Miller enters his second season with the Golden Gophers in 2014-15 after joining the University of Minnesota women's track & field staff in summer 2013. Miller, a former Gopher student-athlete, serves as an assistant coach for throws and high jump.
"I am very excited to announce the hiring of Peter Miller as our next throws coach at the University of Minnesota," director of women's cross country and track & field Matt Bingle said. "He brings a great deal of energy to our program and a blue collar attitude to our staff. We are happy to have Peter on board, and we are looking forward to the future."
In his first season with the Gophers, Miller coached the 2014 Minnesota throwers to a pair of Big Ten runner-up finishes (Nicolle Murphy, javelin and Devin Stanford, discus) and one Second Team All-American award (Stanford, hammer throw). Minnesota's throwers secured 12 indoor career-best throws and added 22 more lifetime-best marks during the outdoor season. Stanford became Minnesota's first hammer thrower to qualify for the national meet since Liz Alabi competed in 2007. Placing 15th in the hammer with a career-best throw, Stanford then became the first Gopher thrower to place at the national meet since Nikki Tzanakis finished 14th in the discus in 2011.
Miller returned to his alma mater after two successful seasons as the throws coach for the University of North Dakota men's and women's track & field teams. In 2012, Miller's throwers broke eight school records and won three Great West Conference individual titles. Chantel Urban earned GWC Freshman of the Year accolades after three top-five conference championship finishes under Miller's tutelage.
During the 2013 season, UND's throwers were responsible for seven more school records, four NCAA qualifiers, four USA Junior National qualifiers, one USATF Junior All-American, one All-Academic award winner and 35 UND top-10 performances.
In addition to his success as a coach, Miller played a key role in the fundraising and construction of a hammer cage in UND's practice facilities. He also helped design the school's new indoor practice facility and the current indoor and outdoor throwing areas.
Prior to his arrival at UND, Miller coached throws and combined events at Wisconsin-River Falls for three years. He mentored NCAA Division III meet qualifiers, including a third-place finisher, throughout his tenure. One of Miller's student-athletes qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division III outdoor championships in both the high jump and shot put, the only female in any division to compete in that combination of events at the national meet. In addition, UWRF's women's javelin throwers posted a 1-2 finish at the 2011 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, and the men's hammer and weight throwers broke school records.
During two seasons coordinating the Falcons' strength and conditioning program, Miller's student-athletes broke 27 school records and earned 13 All-America awards. He was also heavily involved in track and field winter camps as both a director and instructor, and coordinated the UWRF track program's $10,000-per-year fundraising efforts.
Miller captained the Gopher track & field team as a senior. He earned three letters and three Academic All-Big Ten selections, along with five University of Minnesota Scholar Student-Athlete awards. Miller earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2008 and is pursuing a master's in business administration.
Miller has gained multiple coaching certifications through USA Track and Field, the USTFCCCA and the IAAF. He has completed all requirements to reach the highest levels of certification through both the IAAF (Level 5 Throws), which he received with distinction, and USATF (Level 3 Throws). In addition, Miller has received his USATF Level 2 certification in jumping events.