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D&E tabs Miller as new baseball coach

ELKINS — Davis & Elkins College Director of Athletics Jamie Joss announced Monday morning the hiring of Tim Miller as the next head baseball coach for the Senators. He becomes the 14th head coach in program history and will officially begin his tenure on Sept. 1.

Miller arrives in Elkins following nearly two seasons as the assistant coach at Franklin College, a Division III school located just outside of Indianapolis. After beginning his tenure just before the season, Miller got to work quickly and helped guide the Grizzlies to a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC), regional championship and the deepest tournament run in program history during the 2019 campaign.

“I first want to thank Jamie Joss, President (Chris) Wood and the entire search committee for giving me the opportunity to be the head baseball coach at Davis & Elkins College,” Miller said. “I have followed D&E baseball closely for many years and I know this is a special place. I am forever grateful to those who have mentored me along the way including Lance Marshall, Mike Chitwood, Guy Robertson, Anthony Williams and Steve Bucci.”

While the 2020 season was cut short after eight games, Miller coached nine all-conference and three all-region selections during his time with the Grizzlies. Working as the hitting and infield coach at Franklin, he prepared detailed scouting reports for opponents using video analysis and software while planning daily practices and individual player training sessions. Miller takes over the D&E baseball program from Mason Heyne, who stepped down from the position earlier this summer.

“Tim’s passion and knowledge for baseball, the respect he has garnered among the excellent coaches he has worked for and excitement for D&E was exhibited throughout this process,” Joss said. “He understands the value of a small college liberal arts education; he sees the potential of our program, being coached by a Senator alum in his high school career, and his core principles in rebuilding a program are centered around the values of our athletic program and our mission statement.”

In addition to his coaching role at Franklin, he has worked with Indiana Elite Baseball, most recently in the summer of 2019 leading the U17 baseball team and working to develop a 15-player roster of high school athletes.

A thorough recruiter, Miller worked as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Frostburg State from 2016-18 and added 30 players to the program over that span. The 2018 Bobcat baseball pitching staff finished first nationally in NCAA DIII in strikeouts per nine innings (11.0) and 20 players earned academic all-conference honors.

“Upon arrival, my job is to create a love affair with the high school coaches, this community and the prospective players,” Miller said. “The cornerstone of this program will be about keeping the best players here in the region. This game has always been about the players and I could not be more excited to bring a fun, exciting brand of baseball to D&E!”

Miller worked with the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League in the summer of 2016 as a pitching coach. He also served as the pitching coach at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg from 2014-16, where the Bobcats set 15 team records and 32 individual records over two seasons.

“Tim will open up new recruiting regions for us, but is committed to start here in West Virginia,” Joss said. “It will not take long for people to see the impact Tim will make with our baseball program, but more importantly connecting with the Elkins community, which has a strong history in youth baseball.”

Miller, who is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), spent the 2010-13 seasons at South Park High School in Pennsylvania as the team’s pitching coach. He helped guide the team to a state record 25 victories to begin the 2013 campaign. Miller was part of a state baseball championship as a pitching coach at Cannon-McMillian High School in 2008.

Miller, who received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington & Jefferson in 2011, later earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Frostburg State in 2018.

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