Women's Soccer Update and Preview of SoCon Opener With Elon
Chad Miller begins his third season as the Head Coach of the Catamount women's soccer team. In 2011, Miller had an All-Conference performer in Kayla Beauduy and also led the team to its first Southern Conference Tournament appearance since 2008 with a record of 9-10-1 and eighth place finish in the league. This fall the program is returning 10 starters and has 23 returners from last year's roster while adding four freshmen to the squad.
In 2010, Miller returned to Cullowhee and had one player placed on the All-Freshman Team; Brittany Gendron. The team posted a 5-10-4 record and finished 10th in the SoCon.
Miller replaces former head coach Tammy DeCesare, for whom he spent three seasons on the sidelines within Cullowhee before taking the head job at Catawba. During his first stop at WCU, Miller was the recruiting coordinator and was very involved in the academic oversight of the student athletes and the fund-raising efforts for the Catamounts. He additionally oversaw three graduate assistant coaches and trained the WCU goalkeepers for a program that posted a 32-23-8 overall mark and won the 2008 Southern Conference tournament title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament. He is also just the third head coach in the Catamount program's following DeCesare (2005-09), and Debbie Hensley, who led the program from its inception in 1999 through the 2004 season.
In 2009 Miller lead the Catawba women's soccer team to a finish ranked sixth in the Southeast Region, just missing out on grabbing an at-large berth into the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Indians finished the season with a 13-5-2 record and were knocked out in the semifinal round of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament. Five Catawba players - including three freshmen - were named to the SAC All-conference team including a pair of first team selections.
A 1994 graduate of Pfeiffer University, Miller guided his alma mater's women's soccer program for seven years starting in 1999. He led the Falcons to an overall record of 80-50-9 and 54-18-6 in conference play during his tenure. Miller directed the Lady Falcons to three-consecutive Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference (CVAC) tournament finals appearances and two regular season titles where he was also named the CVAC "Coach of the Year," in 2000 and 2005. During his tenure at Pfeiffer, the Falcons were honored five-straight seasons, from 2001-05, with the NSCAA & Adidas College Team Academic Award. Miller also coached 36 All-CVAC players and 17 all-tournament acknowledgements, including three CVAC Players of the Year and one freshman of the year. Seven of his players were named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Southeast All-Region, equaling that number with three NSCAA Academic All-Americans.
Prior to moving to the collegiate coaching ranks, Miller also got his first taste of coaching in Stanly County in central North Carolina, first as assistant at North Stanly High (1991-97) and then as head coach at West Stanly High in 1998.
Miller graduated from Pfeiffer in with a bachelor's degree in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science. He was a four-year varsity letter winner and team captain for the Pfeiffer men's soccer program along with assistant coach Todd Herman.
He possesses 21 years of total coaching experience ranging from the high school and club levels to the collegiate ranks. Miller was the Co-Founder and Coaching Director of SC United Soccer Club (1993-2000), and has also been involved with NC ODP over the past 14 years and holds coaching licenses from the NSCAA and USSF.
Miller was married to the former Stacey Radford in January of 2010 and they have two sons Thomas (5) and Carson (1). They reside in Sylva, NC and Stacey is Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance for Western Carolina University.