BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Karrie Miller has been named the Lees-McRae women’s soccer assistant coach, announced Vice President Director of Athletics and Club Sports Craig McPhail Monday afternoon.
“I am excited to have someone with Karrie's experience on our staff. I am sure she will provide great leadership to our young women,” said McPhail. “We continue to strive to be one of the best NCAA DII women's soccer programs in the Southeast and today is an example of our commitment to that goal.”
Prior to coming on board at LMC, Miller spent the last six seasons as the head coach at Newberry College. She led the Wolves to a 54-51-8 record over that span, including four seasons of eight wins or more. The Erskine College graduate (1990) led Newberry to the first round of the NCAA DII Women’s Soccer Championship after winning a career-best 13 matches. The Wolves fared well in South Atlantic Conference play under the direction of Miller while sporting a 30-25-4 record.
Miller was a key component in the development and structure of an inaugural women’s collegiate soccer program to be competitive in the Big South Conference in 2000 while serving as the head coach at Coastal Carolina. She sported a 47-50-16 record from 2000-05, including a Big South Championship in 2003 when the Chanticleers went 10-9-2 (4-1-1 Big South). Miller went 19-17-3 in league play. Millers’ squad succeeded in the classroom as well while they were named to the Academic All-American team by the NSCAA for four consecutive seasons (2002-05).
She was named Big South Coach of the Year on three occasions, including twice at Coastal Carolina (2000 & 2003).
“We are very excited to add someone with Karrie’s wealth of experience to our staff. She has been very successful everywhere she has been and is going to be a great role model and mentor to our players,” said head coach Nick Whiting.
Throughout her coaching career, Miller has been heavily involved with the Olympic Development Program in both South Carolina and Alabama, serving as the Program Director in South Carolina from 1995 to 1998.
Miller was the assistant coach at the University of Alabama for a year (1997-98) and the University of South Carolina for a stint from 1995-97.
“I have known Karrie for a number of years now and am grateful that she has decided to come to Lees-McRae and help continue our strong tradition here. She is a wonderful teacher of the game, but an even better person and that is going to fit in very well with the culture we have established,” praised Whiting.
Miller was a three-time NAIA All-American during her collegiate career at Conference Carolina foe Erskine. She was inducted into its hall of fame in 2001.
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