Hempstead, NY – Hofstra University President Softball Coach Jay Miller Today he announced his retirement from coaching.
Miller was appointed head coach of the Hofstra Softball program in June 2018 and concluded his third season with Pride in 2021. Hofstra won 16 games last season and was promoted to the Colonial Football Association Championship.
“What an incredible journey,” Miller said. “When I started training in 1979 while studying for my PhD at Purdue, I knew I had found my passion.” “Now, 42 years later, I have been very fortunate with life memories this game has made. I had a great staff, met my wonderful fellow coaches, but most of all I trained excellent student athletes who worked hard and had a real love for the game. Thank you very much Hofstra, Rick Cole Jr. And all the great members of the athletics department – student-athletes, coaches, administrators and alumni – for their support over the past three seasons.”
In his 34 seasons as head coach, Miller racked up 1,075 wins, making him one of the winning coaches in the history of the sport. During his career, Miller has taken two teams to the Women’s College World Series, competed in 13 NCAA championships, and won three conference championships. Inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Hall of Fame in 2008.
“Coach Miller is a legend in the world of collegiate softball and we thank him for his leadership of our program over the past three seasons,” said Hofstra, Vice President and Director of Athletics. Rick Cole Jr. “Jay has a celebrity career and we appreciate everything he did during his time with Hofstra softball. His teams participated strongly and represented Hofstra well.”
Miller’s extensive coaching career also saw him hiatus as head coach at Purdue, Oklahoma City, Missouri and Mississippi State, and as an assistant coach at Louisville and Rutgers. He also spent more than two decades on the US softball team, including head coach in 2009 and 2010 and winning the 2010 World Championships. He also led the US junior national team from 2006-2007, winning 20-0. He won the world championship in 2007.
A leading authority in the sport, Miller is a co-founder of the NFCA and has spent time on the NCAA Softball Rules Committee, the NFCA All-American Committee, the US Olympic Softball Selection Committee, the NFCA Board of Directors, and the NCAA Softball Tournaments. commission. Miller has also written more than 40 articles, including a chapter on offensive strategy for the Softball Training Book. He is considered one of the best softball doctors in the world and has served as the head coach for the National College of Fastpitch Coaches and other clinics in the United States, the Netherlands Antilles, Italy, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain and the Czech Republic. Republic, Netherlands, France and Malaysia.