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Miller Named Associate Head Track and Field Coach
 


Dion Miller was named Associate Head Track and Field Coach Monday.

Aug. 13, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech head track and field coach Wes Kittley announced Monday assistant Dion Miller has been named to the associate head coaching position.

Miller, a 1998 graduate of Texas Tech, has spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach overseeing the sprints, hurdles and relay programs at his alma mater.

"I'm very appreciative and thankful to be named associate head coach," Miller said. "I'd like to thank Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley, and the administration for continuing to believe in me and my abilities as a coach."

Miller has been pivotal in developing Texas Tech into a consistent national power in the hurdles, relays and sprints. In 2012 alone, he guided 14 athletes to All-American honors throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons.

"He has just done a fabulous job," Kittley said. "For him to be committed to staying here and helping us to continue to build this program is wonderful. He is very deserving and I'm proud to have him on this staff."

While at Tech, Miller has trained three Olympians including Andrae Williams who won silver as a member of the Bahamian 4x400 relay team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Miller also trained Olympians Jamele Mason and Shane Brathwaite - both seniors during the 2012 season. Mason was the 2012 NCAA runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles and set the school record with a time of 48.89. He later qualified for the Puerto Rican Olympic team in the same event.

Brathwaite, meanwhile, earned first-team All-America honors in the 110-meter hurdles before also competing at the 2012 London Olympics for Barbados.

Meanwhile, Miller was integral in the training of 2012 senior Gil Roberts. In March, Roberts won gold at the U.S. Indoor Championships before leading the U.S. to a gold medal at the IAAF World Championships as the anchor of the 4x400 relay.

The Lady Raider 4x100 relay team also reached new heights in 2012 as the squad broke a seven-year-old school record during the May 5 Red Raider Open meet with a time of 43.53.

Under his tutelage at Arizona State, Jacquelyn Johnson captured four NCAA titles from 2006-07 in both the pentathlon and the heptathlon.

Miller began his coaching career at Texas Tech in 2001 where he remained for two seasons before stints at both Washington and Arizona State.

He returned to Tech in Aug. 2007 as an assistant on Kittley's staff.

Miller was a two-time All-American as a student-athlete at Texas Tech from 1994-98.

 

 

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