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Miller Recognized for Contributions to University

Long-time Averett Volleyball Coach Danny Miller, '91, '95, will be the ninth person inducted into the Cougar Club Sports Hall of Fame when he is enshrined on April 20 at the school's annual athletics awards banquet.

In 15 seasons as the head coach of Averett's volleyball team, Miller has guided the Cougars to a 384-186 overall record and four NCAA Tournament appearances. In addition, he has helped Averett win nine regular-season conference titles and seven conference tournament championships.

"It is a real honor to be selected as a member of the Cougar Club Hall of Fame," Miller said. "It is also very humbling to have this kind of tribute. It is very rewarding being recognized for what you do and I hope it is a reflection of how I have done things and not just the wins and losses. It has been exciting to be a part of the Averett community for 20-plus years and I look forward to continuing to strive to achieve the success that our program has become accustomed to having."

Miller ranks in the top-40 among active Division III coaches in career winning percentage at .674. That is a remarkable feat, considering he has done it against some of the top teams in the nation. His teams have registered 20 wins or more in 14 of his 15 seasons.

"This is a well deserved honor for Danny and we are happy for him," Averett Director of Athletics Sam Ferguson said. "It's easy to note his countless wins, numerous championships and NCAA berths for our University and call him a hall of famer. However, it is for the things that we can't measure that makes him so special to us. Danny has been a mentor, not only to his players, but also to fellow coaches at Averett and around the USA South Conference. He has played an integral role in strengthening our volleyball program and our department as a whole. He's a winner in every sense of the word and we're thankful he's on our team."

In conference play, Miller's teams have won nearly 85 percent of their games while achieving a 180-32 record against conference opponents. The seven-time conference coach of the year and five-time state coach of the year has mentored two All-Americans, eight conference players of the year, five conference rookies of the year and one conference libero of the year. In addition, 59 all-conference selections have played for Miller.

Before his record-setting head coaching career began in 1995, Miller served as an assistant on the Averett staff from 1990-94. Miller also serves as the university's assistant athletics director for compliance and operations.

Miller will join James "Boo" Braxton, Rebecca Clark, Vesa Hiltunen, Pekka Kaartinen, Brenda LaFlamme, Garry Pritchett, Norma Roady and John "Frenchy" Vigouroux as members of the Cougar Club Sports Hall of Fame.

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