Every successful program needs stability on its coaching staff and fifth-year assistant Amber Miles continues to provide that and much more for head coach Sarah Dawson and the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters.
During her first four years on the staff, it's no coincidence that the Lady Techsters recorded back-to-back-to-back winning seasons (the first in a decade) and the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1995.
The former Louisiana Tech record-setting centerfielder returned to her alma mater in July of 2007 after a year away from Ruston. Less than one year later, the Lady Techsters were basking in the glory of the 2008 WAC Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament thanks in large part to Miles' enthusiasm, hard work and dedication.
Within two years of her returning to LA Tech, all three of the starting outfielders for the Lady Techsters earned All-WAC honors as Emma Barnes and Krissi Oliver were named to the all-conference team in 2008 and Danielle Sheridan in 2009. Both Barnes and Sheridan ended their Tech careers ranked in numerous offensive categories, including hits, batting average, runs scored and outfield assists.
In addition to the on-the-field responsibilities of coaching the Tech outfielders and slappers, Miles is also in charge of the academic progress of the Tech players off the diamond as well as scheduling community service projects and CHAMPS/Lifeskills Leadership seminars. She also serves as the program's recruiting coordinator.
Her academic work with the Lady Techster players has paid large dividends as the team recorded its highest single year Academic Progress Rate (APR) score ever with a perfect 1000 for the 2008-09 season. In addition to that impressive fact, the Lady Techsters have placed 39 players on the Academic All-WAC team over the past four years.
Miles played at Louisiana Tech from 2002 through 2005, and ended her collegiate playing days as one of the most decorated outfielders to ever don a Lady Techster uniform. The DeSoto, Texas, native twice earned all-Western Athletic Conference honors and was a four-time Academic all-WAC honoree.
Statistically, Miles set the Louisiana Tech single season hits record in 2004, registering 68 hits which broke the 18-year-old mark of 63 by Faith Holman. Miles ended her career ranking No. 2 in career hits (208), No. 3 in stolen bases (89), No. 8 in total bases (229), No. 8 in runs scored (92), and No. 10 in triples (10).
Miles proved to be a leader on and off the playing field, serving as the editor of the university newspaper The Tech Talk and as the president of the WAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, while also representing Louisiana Tech as the 2004 NCAA Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Following her Tech career, Miles spent one season playing professionally for the Nebraska Comets.
Miles, who returned to Tech in 2007 after spending 14 months working in the newspaper business including an 11-month stint as a prestigious Hearst Fellow, earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Louisiana Tech in 2005 and her master's degree in counseling in 2010.