Dion Miller, a 16-year coaching veteran of collegiate track & field, is in his third season with The University of Alabama track & field staff. Miller, an eight-time Regional Assistant Coach of the Year, coaches the short sprints for the Crimson Tide (the men's & women's 100 meters, 200, 100-meter hurdles, 110-meter hurdles and relays).
In his second season with the Tide in 2017, Miller tutored hurdler Ruebin Walters, who earned All-America honors in the 60-meter hurdles and the 110-meter hurdles and set a new UA record in the latter event on his way to qualifying for the IAAF World Championships for his native Trinidad & Tobago. Other All-Americans under Miller's watch last season were Quanesha Burks (60 meters, 100 meters) Vanessa Clerveaux (60-meter hurdles), Tony Brown (100 meters), and the UA men's and women's 4x100-meter relay teams.
Miller has produced numerous champion athletes over the course of a collegiate career that has featured two stops at Texas Tech (2001-02 and 2008-15), along with stints as an assistant coach at Washington (2002-04) and Arizona State (2004-07).
The 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Mountain Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year, Miller is one of the top sprints and hurdles coach in the country. Miller has coached several athletes to Olympic Games and World Championships success: 2014 world and USATF indoor 60-meter hurdles champion Omo Osaghae (who also is a three-time USATF indoor 60-meter hurdles champion); 2012 world indoor 4x400-meter relay champion Gil Roberts (who also won the 2012 USATF indoor 400 title); hurdlers Shane Brathwaite (Barbados) and Jamele Mason (Puerto Rico) at the 2012 Olympics; 4x400 relay silver medalist Andrae Williams (Bahamas) at the 2008 Olympics; and 2008 World indoor champion 4x400-meter gold medalist Greg Nixon (United States).
At Texas Tech, Miller coached athletes who earned 119 All-America citations, set 20 school records, won a dozen Big 12 individual titles, and two USATF individual event titles, in addition to producing four national champions and two Olympic medalists. Over his last two years at Texas Tech, Miller's sprinters and hurdlers earned 21 All-America honors between the indoor and outdoor seasons, led by the development of sprinter Cierra White, who achieved All-America status in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, along with winning three gold medals at the 2014 Under-23 NACAC Championships.
Texas Tech emerged as one of the top hurdle programs in the nation under Miller's guidance, producing 23 All-Americans in the hurdles events since 2005, third among all NCAA programs. From 2007-14, Miller coached at least one First Team All-American in the hurdles in eight consecutive seasons, a streak that included Osaghae (currently running as a post-collegiate athlete for adidas), Shane Brathwaite (a 2012 Barbados Olympian), Jamele Mason (a 2012 Puerto Rico Olympian), Bryce Brown and La Tristan Pledger (the 2014 NACAC 100-meter hurdles champion). For his work, Miller has earned eight NCAA Division I regional assistant coach of the year honors over the course of his career, all at Texas Tech.
As an assistant coach for the Arizona State women's track & field team from 2004-07, Miller helped build the Sun Devils into a Pac-10 Conference power. While at ASU, he helped head coach Greg Kraft lead the ASU women to several team championships, including ASU's first Pac-10 team title in the history of the program in 2007 as well as the 2007 women's NCAA Indoor and Outdoor team championships. Miller worked with Jacquelyn Johnson at ASU, who picked up four multi-event NCAA titles and All-America honors. Miller also developed four other student-athletes to All-America honors, headlined by sprinter/hurdler LaTosha Wallace.
Prior to his time at Arizona State, Miller served three seasons (2002-04) as the sprints coach at the University of Washington, guiding the Huskies' women's 4x400-meter relay to its first NCAA championship appearance since 1998.
Miller earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Texas Tech in 1998. As a student-athlete, Miller earned All-America honors as a sprinter on the track, achieving 13 all-conference honors for the Red Raiders while qualifying for the NCAA Championships eight times overall. Miller also qualified for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in both the 100 and 200 meters. Miller and his wife, Carol, are the parents of three children: Alandrea, Kameron, and Dionna.