David Miller is one of the good guys in college baseball, so it’s a win for the Philadelphia baseball scene that he’s staying local at Penn State Abington.
The school officially announced Miller’s hiring on Wednesday.
“Having grown up across the street from campus, I’m so thrilled to be here,” Miller said in a statement. “I want to build on the success the team has had recently and continue to grow it into one of the best programs in Division III.”
Miller did a stellar job at La Salle for four seasons, culminating in being recognized as Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year last year. He led the Explorers to a school-best 32 wins while keeping the program in search of a playoff berth until the last day of the regular season. Unfortunately, La Salle eliminated the baseball program after the 2021 season.
Miller excelled as a high school coach before his time at La Salle, coaching permanent powerhouse William Penn Charter High School to an 88-27 mark in four seasons.
Prior to his coaching career, Miller was an All-American first baseman at Clemson, leading the Tigers to three conference titles and a College World Series appearance. He was a first-round pick by the Cleveland Indians in 1995 and spent a decade playing professionally.
Penn State Abington finished 20-6 last season and reached the NEAC Championship before dropping two contests to Penn State Harrisburg in a best-of-three series.
Josh Copskey left the head coaching job at Penn State Abington last summer after a four-year stint to take the head coaching job at Immaculata.
The Nittany Lions open the 2022 season on the road with a contest at Guilford on February 19.