Arizona State Track and Field Hires Dion Miller as Assistant Coach
Oct. 20, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University track and field program has hired Dion Miller as an assistant coach, Greg Kraft, Director of Track and Field, announced Wednesday. Miller comes to Tempe following a two year stint with Washington and will oversee the Sun Devil women's sprints, hurdles and relays.
'We conducted a national search and Dion Miller came back as unquestionably as the best candidate for us,' Kraft said. 'In the short term, he did a great job at the University of Washington and really brought their sprinting program along. Prior to that, he did a very nice job at Texas Tech and SMU and we feel that as our program matures, a logical area we have to do a good in is recruiting the state of Texas. With Dion being from Ft. Worth and being an elite student-athlete at Texas Tech, he has all the qualities we were searching for. We are extremely excited to have him on board.'
In this two seasons with UW, Miller brought in a bevy of great talent, including three prep All-Americans and numerous junior college transfers. In 2003, Miller guided seven sprinters to Top 10 marks on the all-time UW lists including women's 400m sprinter Kelsey Sheppard who set the school standard at 55.11. Last year, Miller bolstered the Husky hurdlers with Ashley Lodree. The freshman would go on to break all the school freshman records and was ranked among the Top 5 junior-age hurdlers in the world. Miller also put together a solid men's 4x400m relay that advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1998.
'When you look at what we have done at Arizona State over the past five years, especially after the sanctions were lifted, we have one of the most balanced programs in the country from cross country to the Pac-10 to the NCAA and to the power rankings,' Kraft said. 'But at the very elite level, the Top 10 in track and field, no program has been able to stay there consistently with one person coaching the men and women sprinters at the same time. For us, especially with sprints being one of our feature event areas, it is in our best interest to have another person fully devoted to that area and Dion is the guy for the job. I feel his expertise will certainly keep Arizona State among the nation's elite programs year-in and year-out.'
The newest addition to the program will inherit several talented student-athletes, including defending NCAA heptathlon champion Jacquelyn Johnson, who also doubles as the top 100m hurdler on the squad. Members of both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays that advanced to the NCAA Championships in Austin last year also return this season to give Miller a solid base to work with, including Cassandra Reed, Kandace Tucker, Porchea Carroll and Christina Hardeman.
Prior to UW, Miller built Texas Tech's sprinters into one of the premier groups in the nation. In the 2002 season, he guided student-athletes to 13 All-America honors while the men's 4x100m relay team captured its first Big XII championship title.
Miller earned his degree in exercise science from TTU in 1998 where he was a two-time All-American. He also captured 13 all-conference honors for the Red Raiders. An eight-time NCAA qualifier for TTU, Miller also qualified for the US Olympic Team Trials in 1996 in both the 100m and 200m events.
Miller and his wife, Carol, are the parents of one daughter, Alandrea, and one son, Kameron.