Oct. 22, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Blake Miller has been named pitching coach for the Air Force baseball team, announced today by head coach Mike Kazlausky. Miller comes to Falcon baseball after a successful stint at MEAC Conference Champion Savannah State, a 2013 NCAA Regional participant.
"The Falcon baseball program is tremendously excited to have Blake Miller join our baseball program and the United States Air Force Academy," Kazlausky said. "He brings a wealth of pitching knowledge to our program, and our pitching staff will continue to improve under his tutelage. Blake has already developed a great understanding of how different the Academy is to normal schools, and he strives to make a difference in the lives of our young men both on and off the field. He is excited to be serving his country in a coaching role and to wear our Air Force uniform."
Miller spent the last two years as pitching coach at Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga. While at Savannah State, Miller was a part of a historic 2013 season that included winning the school's first MEAC Conference Championship and earned a bid to play in its first NCAA Regional. Along with defeating two top-25 teams the Tigers improved their win total from 19 wins in 2012 to 33 wins in 2013 and saw their team ERA improve from 6.15 to 4.93.
During the 2013 season, the Tigers also received national attention with the on-field performance of pitcher Kyle McGowin. Under Miller's tutelage McGowin established himself as one the top pitcher's in the country by posting a 12-2 record with a 2.02 ERA. His 135 strikeouts led the MEAC Conference and were third in the nation. McGowin became the first pitcher in Savannah State history to be named a Division I First Team All-American (NCBWA) and win the MEAC Pitcher of the Year Award. He was a top 10 finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year award and a top 30 finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, awarded to the nation's top overall player. Following his junior season, McGowin became the first pitcher from Savannah State to be drafted when he was selected in the fifth Round (157th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
In addition to McGowin's success Miller had two pitchers named to the MEAC All-Conference Team, and has seen five members of his pitching staff earn MEAC Conference pitcher-of-the-week honors. In addition, pitcher Rex Davis was named MEAC Freshmen of the Year in 2012.
Prior to coaching at Savannah State, Miller was the pitching coach at Emerald High School in Greenwood, S.C. from 2008-10. While at Emerald, the pitching staff set school records for team ERA in 2009 and again in 2010. Two of Miller's pitchers were named to the All-Region Team and three players went on to pitch at the collegiate level.
Miller holds a bachelors degree in history from Coker College (S.C.). He graduated in 2007 after playing four years of baseball for the Cobras. A relief pitcher, Miller's career record was 6-2 and during the 2005 season he set the previous school record for most appearances in a season with 28. Miller's coaching career began at Coker when he was a student assistant for the Cobras during the 2007 season.