Wesley Miller enters his first season with Louisiana Tech after being hired as an assistant track and field coach in August of 2016.
Miller joined the Louisiana Tech family after spending five seasons at Northwestern State as an assistant track and field coach. The San Antonio native joined the NSU staff in the 2011-12 season as a graduate assistant and spent most of the 2012-13 as a volunteer assistant. Miller was named assistant coach, specializing in jumps, in the fall of 2013.
While with the Demons, Miller helped mold the Demon and Lady Demon jumpers into a formidable force in the Southland Conference, producing 41 All-SLC performers in jumps, including 17 Southland Conference champions, 12 runner-ups and 12 third place finishers, ending a 6-year drought in jumping event titles prior to his arrival.
During his five seasons guiding the Demons, no program had more combined male and female jumps titles, all SLC jumps performers, or total points in the league. The Lady Demons won seven of the last eight triple jump titles, while the Demons have captured five of the last six triple jump and five of the last six long jump titles. In total, NSU stood on the podium a total of 34 times at SLC Championships in the past four seasons, in those events alone, under Miller's guidance.
He produced NSU's first Indoor All-American (in jumps or overall) in a decade with a fourth place finish in the men's long jump at the 2014 National Championships, before adding another Indoor All-American in 2015 in the triple jump. Two-thousand sixteen saw his 3rd NCAA DI All-American honor with a seventh place finish at the Outdoor Championships.
He has also coached 19 NCAA East Regional qualifiers, including 13 in the triple jump and six in the long jump, in his time at NSU.
Triple jumpers under Miller's guidance have improved an average of three feet 6.75 inches during their time with his program and an average of over two feet in the long jump. These improvements helped NSU lead the country in 2013, when Northwestern State was the only Division I program in the country with three male triple jumpers over the 50-foot barrier. This development also resulted in 85 individual top 10 finishes in SLC Championships, including 44 in the triple jump, in five seasons.
In 2016, Miller coached the NSU men's triple jump team to a No. 1 ranking among Division I schools and the long jump team to a No. 3 ranking among Division I schools.
Miller coached his jumpers to 35 individual top 10 finishes in SLC Championships, including 20 in the triple jump, in just his first two seasons in Natchitoches.
Additionally, Miller has coached 13 Athletes to the All-Louisiana Collegiate Track & Field Team, voted on by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, along with 15 Southland Conference Athlete of the Week honors.
Miller relentlessly recruits local Louisiana talent, athletes from Texas, other regional states, and Junior Colleges across the country. His focus is improving the depth and quality of the jumps program, while also recruiting and developing the combined events to compliment an already strong jumps program.
Prior to joining the Northwestern State staff, Miller was the head track and field coach at San Antonio Christian Middle School from 2008-2010 and the head cross-country coach from 2008-2010. During his time with the Lions, Miller coached his teams to three Independent Schools Athletic League Track and Field Championships in girl's and boy's 6th-8th grade divisions and one boy's ISAL Cross-Country Championship in 2010. His student-athletes registered 73 podium finishes, including 24 event titles, at ISAL Championships and set 21 new records in three seasons.
Miller is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, and holds USTFCCCA Jumps Specialist and Combined Events Specialist Certifications. He has also obtained USATF Level 1 Certification. Miller was invited among coaches nationwide to attend the USATF Emerging Elite Coaches Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, led by USATF jumps coach Jeremy Fischer.
A 2011 graduate of UTSA, Miller received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in physical education.
Miller is married to the former Kyle Zambrana of San Antonio and the couple has one daughter, Adelyn Grace Miller.
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