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Miller named HU cross country coach

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Huntington University athletic director Lori Culler has announced the hiring of Fred Miller as the Forester men’s and women’s cross country coach. Miller brings a variety of experiences to the position as both a runner and coach.

Miller has several years of coaching under his belt having spent a year as the cross country and track and field coach at Manchester High School before serving as an assistant men’s and women’s coach for both the track and field and cross country programs at NCAA Division II Eastern New Mexico University. 

As a 2000 graduate of Huntington, Miller spent four years running cross country for Coach Tom King and a year running track. An All-Conference honoree as a senior, Miller was also a member of the Forester cross country squad that finished sixth at NAIA Nationals in 1999.

Miller remains an avid runner having completed 18 marathons, which includes winning the 2015 Indianapolis Marathon, more than 40 half-marathons and more than a hundred 5Ks.

Additionally, Miller is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and certified health fitness specialist.

Along with coaching, Miller will return to his alma mater this fall as an Associate Professor of Exercise Science. The Lagro native graduated with a BS in exercise science and has also earned his MS in physical education from Eastern New Mexico University in 2003 and PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Houston in 2008.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Fred back to the Forester family and are pleased that he will be another fulltime employee on our coaching staff with his appointment to head our Exercise Science program,” said Culler. “As an HU graduate and four-year competitor for Coach King in our cross country program, Fred brings a wealth of knowledge about Forester Athletics to the position. 

“With his prior coaching experiences and his continued involvement and success in running, he has the tools to continue moving our cross country programs forward. We're looking forward to his leadership both in the classroom and in athletics.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.