Philip Miller is in his first year as an assistant coach with the Tulane Green Wave, bringing a variety of experience along with him from his previous coaching stops, including his most recent stop as an assistant coach from 2012 to 2014 at Sam Houston State.
Miller's last stop at SHSU was his second stint at the school, as he also served as an assistant at the school from 2006-09 before taking a job as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Northwestern State, for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
In all six of his years as an assistant at SHSU, the Bearkats were NCAA Regional participants. During his second stint with the program, Miller was instrumental in leading the Bearkats to three straight Southland Conference regular-season titles.
The 2014 Bearkats went 43-19 while earning a berth into the NCAA Fort Worth Regional. The 43 wins were the second-most in a single-season in Bearkats history since joining the Division I ranks in 1987. The Bearkats opened Regional play with a 2-1 victory over Dallas Baptist before falling to TCU in the second-longest NCAA postseason game in NCAA history: a 22-inning, 3-2 loss. The Bearkats bounced back with a 9-2 win over Siena to play for a regional championship on June 1, falling to TCU by a score of 6-1.
The 2013 squad won 14-of-15 games down the stretch to clinch the Southland title and solidify their status as an at-large candidate. The league championship and strong non-conference schedule earned the Bearkats a second consecutive No. 3 seed, this time at the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, NCAA Regional.
In Regional play, the Bearkats beat Louisiana-Lafayette, 4-2, for the first opening round win since beating No. 1 Miami in Austin in 1996. The Kats fell 8-5 to LSU in front of the then-largest crowd (10,752) in the history of Alex Box Stadium before ULL eliminated SHSU with a 7-5 win.
During the 2012 season, Sam Houston tied the league record for most Southland Conference wins (24) to take the regular season title by four games. For the first time in their 12 trips to the Southland post-season tournament, the Kats were the No. 1 seed.
Sam Houston State rolled up a 40-22 overall record, only the third time in the Bearkats' 26 seasons at the NCAA Division I level for the squad to compile 40 or more victories.
At the Houston NCAA Regional, Sam Houston defeated No. 1 seed Rice and reached the finals against World Series participant Arkansas to equal the program's best NCAA post-season performance ever. For the first time in program history, the Bearkats earned national rankings in each of the major college baseball polls, climbing as high as No. 20 in one poll.
Prior to his second stint at SHSU, Miller was an assistant at Northwestern State in Nachitoches, La. where he served as the Demons' infield and defensive coach while also coaching first base. Miller assisted with the Demon hitters during his time with the program in addition to taking on recruiting responsibilities and field maintenance.
The 2010 Demons finished second in the SLC in batting average (.322) and tied for fourth in fielding percentage (.963) while placing a league-best seven student-athletes on the All-Southland Conference honor squad. Two Northwestern State position players - Oscar Garcia and Chase Lyles - were drafted in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the first time in NSU history that two position players were taken in the same draft.
During his first stint with the Bearkats from 2007-09 under former Bearkat skipper Mark Johnson, Miller was the outfield and first base coach while assisting with hitters, infielders and catchers. He coached three All-Americans, six All-Southland Conference outfielders and four Southland All-Tournament selections.
The Kats made NCAA regional appearances at the University of Mississippi (2007) and Rice University (2008, 2009).
Miller played at Northwestern State from 2002-05. In those four years he was a member of two regular season conference championship teams (2002, 2005). During his senior year, the Demon's won the Southland Conference regular-season title with 22 conference wins while making an NCAA Regional appearance as an at-large team in the Baton Rouge Regional.
A native of Clinton, Louisiana, Miller graduated from University High School in Baton Rouge where he lettered in baseball. Miller earned his bachelor's in Business Administration from Northwestern State in 2005 and his Master's in Education from Sam Houston State in 2010.
Miller is married to former NSU softball standout, Lyndsey (Gorski) Miller. The couple welcomed their first child, Meredith Mae, on May 2, 2014.