|Title:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
Ceri Miller joins Furman’s women’s lacrosse staff as an assistant for the 2019 season. She brings nine years of coaching experience to the Paladins, including five as a head coach at the Division I and III levels.
Miller most-recently served as head coach at nearby Wofford College, recruiting 13 freshmen for the program’s inaugural season last spring. Two players received postseason accolades from the Southern Conference, and the team as a whole was named to the 2018 IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad for maintaining a grade-point average over 3.0.
Prior to taking over at Wofford, Miller was the head coach at Goucher College in Towson, Md., for three years. She totaled 26 victories across three seasons, and earned Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year recognition in 2015. The Gophers went 11-7 that spring, collecting their first winning season in nine years and advancing to the Landmark semifinals for the first time since 2004.
Goucher received 14 All-Landmark selections and had a pair of IWLCA All-Region honorees during Miller’s three years at the helm.
Miller came to Goucher after three years as an assistant coach at Dickinson College. While with the Red Devils, she was involved with all aspects of the program, with a focus on the development and coordination of the defensive unit and goalkeepers. Miller coached seven all-conference and five all-region players during her time at Dickinson.
Miller was additionally responsible for the team’s weightlifting and conditioning programs, and she served as the team’s academic mentor. The Red Devils were recognized as an IWLCA Academic Honor Roll Squad in each of her three seasons, and the team also earned the 2011 IWLCA Community Service Award. Away from coaching, Miller served as a physical trainer and fitness instructor at the Harrisburg YMCA. She is a certified Spinning, TRX and PiYo instructor.
Prior to arriving at Dickinson, Miller spent one season as an assistant coach at Washington & Jefferson College. The Presidents improved from 8-7 to 12-3 under her tenure, earning an appearance in the ECAC championship game. The team’s defense ranked in the top 10 percent of Division III for scoring defense and caused turnovers, and the Presidents had three all-region performers.
Miller played lacrosse collegiately as a defender at both C.W. Post Long Island University and McDaniel College. She was at McDaniel from 2007-09, where the team earned Centennial Conference Tournament appearances in each season and was crowned ECAC champions in 2007. Miller was a captain for the Green Terror, and she was named the team’s MVP in 2009.
Leadership positions for Miller include roles for both the NCAA and IWLCA. For the NCAA, she has served on the regional advisory committee and as a Division III tournament site presentative, while she was a member of the IWLCA’s Academic Awards Committee from 2012-2016 and is currently on the Officials Recruitment and Development Committee.
In addition to those positions, Miller has spoken at conferences for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland and the South Carolina High School Athletic Association, discussing the qualities of strong leadership and a variety of lacrosse coaching tactics.
After earning a B.A. in exercise science and physical education from McDaniel in 2008, Miller received her M.S. in the same discipline in 2009. In her free time, Miller is an avid runner. She has completed multiple marathons, including the NYC Marathon, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge at Walt Disney World (a half marathon and full marathon on the same weekend), and Disney’s Dopey Challenge (5k, 10k, half marathon and a full marathon on the same weekend).