Mike MillerMiller, who has been at the helm since the program's inception in 2012, will be leaving to return to his native Ohio to be near family. His official departure date will be June 30.
Since coming to Life University four years ago, Miller has taken the program from launch to a perennial top-15 program in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). In that time, Miller has coached 9 All-Americans and 25 national qualifiers.
"Mike Miller has been a valuable member of Life U Athletics," said Life U Athletic Director Dan Payne. "He has started something great here and has left some big shoes to fill, but we feel confident that he is leaving the program in good shape for his replacement. We recognize the importance of family and fully support his decision."
"It's been quite a journey for me here at Life U," said Miller. "It's gratifying for me to see the effort and hard work by the student-athletes, the coaching staff and trainers, turn into positive results both on and off the mat. My decision to leave comes with mixed emotions, however family is very important to me and I appreciate the understanding and support of the Life U administration and the student-athletes in my decision."
Prior to helping launch wrestling at Life U, Miller was a three-time Ohio high state champion and two-time NCAA All-American at Central Michigan University. He started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Darton State College in Albany, Georgia.
Founded in Marietta, Ga. in 1974, Life University is a private health sciences institution offering a number of undergraduate programs, along with its doctoral degree program in chiropractic medicine, the largest in the world. The men's wrestling program was established in 2012; Life launched a women's intercollege program in 2014, headed up by David Mathews.