Miller Named to USA Nat'l Team Coaching Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Mississippi State head coach Jay Miller was among 15 coaches selected for assignments with the USA Softball national team in an announcement released Tuesday afternoon by the Amateur Softball Association.

Miller, who is entering his 15th year with the USA Softball organization, will serve a head coaching assignment for the USA Junior Women's National Team, including skippering the squad in its 2006 Qualifier in November, as well as the 2007 World Championship. Miller will also head up the selection camp for the squad, to be held Sept. 15-17 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

His coaching staff will also consist of assistants Cheri Kempf (Owner/Instructor-Worth Club K), Suzy Brazney (Golden West College head coach) and Barbara Jordan (Cal State Northridge head coach).

"This is a great honor for our program, as well as Mississippi State University and the Southeastern Conference," Miller said. "I am really looking forward to working with some of the best athletes in the country."

In addition to his services with the USA Junior Women's National Team, Miller will also serve on the committee at the USA Women's National Team Selection Camp, July 13-17, in Chula Vista. University of Arizona and USA Softball head coach Mike Candrea will head up the Women's National Team and the assistant coaches will be selected in May. This team will compete at both the World Cup in Oklahoma City and the World Championships in Beijing, China. They will also play in exhibition games against NPF teams Arizona Heat and Texas Thunder in July.

Now in his 23rd season as a collegiate head coach, Miller recently became the 23rd collegiate coach all-time to capture his 800th career victory on MSU's 8-0 mercy rule victory at Middle Tennessee last season. Having compiled an 817-502 (.619) overall record through 23 seasons as a collegiate skipper, he has compiled a 108-87 clip in his three seasons in Starkville.

Included in his illustrious 23-year coaching career is a pair of NCAA Women's College World Series appearances and eight NCAA regional berths. He has also been decorated conference or region coach of the year three times and has led his squads to a pair of conference championships.

Miller was appointed to his first stint with USA Softball from 1992-96, serving on the National Team selection committee that would, ultimately, be in charge of choosing the inaugural USA Softball team to compete in 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Since then, he has served in various capacities with the organization, including head coaching stints of the USA Red squad that captured Gold in the 2001 U.S. Cup and the USA Elite team that took home runner-up honors at the 2002 Canada Cup and the championship of the 2003 Canada Cup.

USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men's, Women's, Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women's National Team is one of the only two women's sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996.

The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit

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