Minnesota is pleased to add 11 more student-athletes to its incoming class
The Gophers host the Minnesota Open at the U of M Fieldhouse this Saturday
Minnesota returns all of its throwers from the 2014 season
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.
Peter Miller enters his third season with the Golden Gophers in 2015-16 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.
In his first two seasons with the Gophers, Miller coached the Minnesota throwers to four Big Ten runner-up finishes (Nicolle Murphy, javelin 2014 and 2015; Devin Stanford, discus, 2014; Stanford, hammer throw, 2015) and one Second Team All-American award (Stanford, hammer, 2014).
Minnesota's throwers secured 12 indoor career-best marks and added 22 more lifetime-best marks outdoor during the 2014 season. The team followed up with 20 indoor and 24 outdoor career bests in the throws in 2015. 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 then 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’s 2015 throwers scored 47 points at the Big Ten Outdoor Championship, including four top-three finishes. Eight different Gophers scored points, and seven student-athletes qualified for the NCAA West Prelim in 10 events, including Agnes Esser, Ke-ke Burks and Stanford each in both the discus and the hammer throw. Stanford advanced to the NCAA Championship for the second-straight season and placed 20th in the hammer.
Also under Miller’s direction in 2015, Heta Tuuri broke a decade-old Minnesota indoor program record in the high jump, clearing 1.80m (5-10.75). Three other Gophers also moved into the all-time top-10 in the indoor and outdoor high jump in 2015.
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.