Miller joins Oregon State staff as volunteer assistant

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Former Kent State All-American Ian Miller (pictured above, in gold) has joined the Oregon State wrestling program as the volunteer assistant coach, head coach Jim Zalesky announced Thursday.

Ian Miller battles Isaiah Martinez in the NCAA semifinals (Photo/Tony Rotundo,
A native of Oak Harbor, Ohio, Miller was a three-time All-American and a four-time NCAA qualifier at 157 pounds. He is the only wrestler in KSU history with three top-6 finishes at the NCAA championships.

Miller placed sixth at the 2016 NCAAs, fifth at the 2015 NCAAs and fourth at the 2014 NCAAs. He was a three-time Mid-American Conference champion, the 2012 MAC Freshman of the Year, and ranks third all-time at KSU in wins (138) and fourth in pins (36).

"We have known Ian for a long time, he attended our camps when he was in high school, and we have followed his career," Zalesky said. "We were looking for a middleweight coach after Troy [Steiner] left" in May to become the new head coach at Fresno State.

"Ian fills that void. He's a three-time All-American, he has a winner's mentality, and he will be a good workout partner, and he really wants to coach.

"He's done some good things, some of them unconventional, that I would like to see added to our coaching staff.

"He will really help our program. He will be a tough workout partner, so when our middleweights come into the room they'd better be ready to go."

This past season, he advanced to the NCAA semifinals and finished 23-2 overall, with 11 bonus-point wins and individual titles at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and the Navy Classic. He gave up just one takedown all season.

Miller also has experience at national and international meets in the 70- and 74-kilogram weight classes. He placed second at 2015 FILA University Nationals; was the champion and the Outstanding Wrestler at the 2014 FILA University Nationals; placed fourth at ASICS University Nationals, and won the championship at 2012 ASICS University Nationals.

He was the Ohio Division II state champion as a junior, the runner-up as a senior and the third-place finisher as a sophomore at Oak Harbor High School. He was The Open Mat's No. 2 national recruit at 152 pounds as a senior.

Miller succeeds Devin Mellon, who has returned to the staff at the University of Missouri, his alma mater, after spending the 2015-16 season at OSU.

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subdude (1) about 5 years ago
one of my all time favorites, I wish him the best & know he will toughen up those OSU middle weights. Congrats