Falcons to face Rice on Dec. 29 in Forth Worth, Texas. Game televised by ESPN.
Kickoff this Saturday, Nov. 24, is 12:30 PST at Bulldog Stadium.
Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 at Falcon Stadium. Game to be televised by ESPN2.
Air Force-SDSU kicks off at 12:30 pm PST on Saturday, Nov. 10 in San Diego.
Falcons and Black Knights play Saturday, Nov. 3, in West Point, NY.
Ben Miller is in his ninth season as an assistant coach at Air Force. This season marks his fourth as running backs coach after coaching tight ends for five seasons, and his eighth year coaching the specialists (punters, kickers and snappers). This season is his fifth as the special teams coordinator.
Miller’s first four years saw the development of Travis Dekker as one of the best tight ends in school history and one of the best in the Mountain West Conference. Dekker caught 25 passes for 382 yards and two scores, while averaging 15.3 yards per catch, in 2007. His 25 catches were the most by an Air Force tight end since Trent Van Hulzen in 1989. Dekker would later sign a contract with the Green Bay Packers. In addition, Chaz Demerath developed into one of the team’s top receiving threats in 2010 in his first year as a starter. Demerath caught 17 passes for 241 yards to finish third on the team in receiving.
Miller’s work with the kickers has also been impressive. Senior Ryan Harrison kicked a school-record 24 field goals in 2008, while becoming a semifinalist for the Lou Groza National Placekicker of the Year award. Harrison also set a record for field goals in consecutive seasons with 43 in 2007-08.
The last two seasons Will Conant ranked among the conference’s top kickers, hitting 11-of-13 field goals and 32-of-33 extra points for 65 points to lead the Falcons in 2013. Last season, Conant hit 19-of-21 field goals and 45-of-46 PATs to hit the 100-point mark with 102. He also averaged 43.6 yards per punt last season. He was a Lou Groza Award semifinalist and earned MW special teams player of the year honors.
His first year working with the running backs was highly successful. He oversaw the progress of first-year starter Cody Getz, who rushed for 1,248 yards which is the seventh most in school history. Getz opened the season with a school-record five straight 100-yard games while hitting the 200-yard mark three times to establish a new school record.
Last year, he led sophomore Jacobi Owens to a 1,000-yard season in his first year as a starter. Owens ranked third in the conference in rushing with a 105.4 per-game average and set a school record for most yards rushing by a player in his first start with 233 yards vs. Nicholls State. Anthony LaCoste had a breakout season at running back for the Falcons in 2013. LaCoste rushed for 890 yards and had breakout performances vs. Army and New Mexico with 440 yards combined. He rushed for 263 yards vs. Army while becoming the only player in school history with multiple TD runs of 70-plus yards in the same game. He came back with a 177-yard effort the next week vs. the Lobos.
A 2002 Academy graduate, Miller spent the 2006 season as the offensive graduate assistant at the University of Illinois before returning to the Academy.
Miller was an all-conference offensive lineman for the Falcons, starting at left tackle as a junior and senior. After completing his collegiate career, Miller signed a contract with the Cleveland Browns, where he was used as a fullback/tight end/long snapper. In the fall of 2005, he joined the practice squad for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Miller served as a graduate assistant coach at the Academy from 2002-03. He also spent one year in the ManTech Division at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, before transitioning to the Air Force Reserve in May of 2004. During the NFL offseason, he worked as a public affairs officer doing recruiting and public relations activities for the Air Force.
Miller is married to the former Meghan Carney. The couple has two daughters, Quinn and Keeley, and a son, Lochlan.