Former University of Iowa standout Brittany Miller was named an assistant coach on Sept. 1, 2016 and primarily works with the pitching staff in her role with the Lions.
“We are thrilled to add Brittany to our staff,” remarked Strinz-Ward. “She has a wealth of experience working high-level pitchers and helping them reach their potential and lead their teams to post season. Brittany can lead our pitchers from her experience as a high-level player as well. Hiring Brittany is one more positive step in elevating our program. We are excited to have Brittany and her family become Lions!”
Miller helped guide the Lions to a 34-24-1 mark (11-3 WCC) in 2018 as the team finished second place in the West Coast Conference and won the Postseason NISC Championship. Under her leadership, LMU led the WCC in the pitching column, posting the lowest ERA (3.70) and opposing batting average (.242) in the conference . Pitcher Hannah Bandimere was named 2018 Co-Pitcher of the Year with a record of 22-12. Freshman pitcher Linnay Wilson led the conference in strikeouts (150) while Bandimere ranked second with 127. Wilson was also named the WCC's Pitcher of the Week three times during her rookie campaign.
Before joining the LMU softball program, Miller spent four seasons at Iowa State, where she guided the pitching staff to three no-hitters. Under Miller’s tutelage, Brittany Gomez finished with the most decorated career in Cyclone history as she amassed 46 school records, while Stacy Roggentien posted a breakout season in 2015, improving from four strikeouts in her junior campaign to 111 the following season as the team’s ace.
Prior to her time in Ames, Miller spent three seasons at North Dakota State, where she served as a graduate assistant for one season before being named an assistant coach. In Fargo, Miller guided the Bison to three straight Summit League Tournament championships to go with a trio of NCAA tournament appearances. She was instrumental in leading Krista Menke to both Summit League Freshman and Pitcher of the Year honors along with a nod to the NFCA All-Midwest Region second team in 2012.
One of the most decorated players in Iowa softball history, Miller was a four-time All-Big Ten selection, three-time NFCA All-Midwest Region honoree, two-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and a NFCA All-American second team member in 2009.
The only player in Iowa history to earn Team MVP honors all four seasons, Miller saved her best for last in 2009 as she obliterated the Hawkeye record books, setting career marks in strikeouts (1,083), complete games (110), innings pitched (1,011.2), games pitched (183) and set the single season strikeout mark (339).
The No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 NPF draft, Miller played two seasons for the Akron Races, posting a 4-3 record to go with a 2.28 ERA and guided the Racers to two postseason appearances.
A native of Garden Grove, California, Miller received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Iowa in 2009. Miller and her husband, Tavis, have five children, Zatyvion (15), Lataviah (14), Tajavis (13), Tryce (3) and Tytan (1).
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