July 15, 2013
Peter Miller has joined the University of Minnesota women’s track and field staff as an assistant coach for throws, program director Matt Bingle announced today. Miller, a former Golden Gopher student-athlete, will replace recently retired assistant coach Lynne Anderson.
“I am very excited to announce the hiring of Peter Miller as our next throws coach at the University of Minnesota,” Bingle said. “He will bring 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.”
Miller returns to his alma mater after two seasons as the throws coach for the University of North Dakota men’s and women’s teams. During the 2013 season, UND’s first year in the Big Sky Conference, he coached two student-athletes to all-conference honors. The UND throwing group also fielded its first two NCAA West Preliminary Round competitors.
In 2012, Miller’s throwers broke eight school records and won three Great West Conference titles. Chantel Urban earned GWC Freshman of the Year accolades after three top-five conference championship finishes under Miller’s tutelage.
In addition to his success as a coach, Miller also helped facilitate the addition of a hammer cage to UND’s practice facilities.
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. 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 and 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.
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