Dave Miller is in his second season as the Villanova hitting coach and first base coach, and also assists with the team's recruiting efforts.
It didn't take long for him to make his presence felt within the program last year, as Villanova registered its highest team batting average (.303) in more than a decade. The team didn't just hit for average, however, as the Wildcats tallied 145 extra-base hits and drew over 200 walks to finish the year with a .394 on-base percentage and a .418 slugging percentage.
Of particular note for Villanova during the 2010 season was the success of outfielders Matt Szczur and Justin Bencsko, who were each selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. It was the first time since 1995 that the Wildcats had more than one position player chosen in the same draft and came on the heels of a season in which Szczur became the program's first .400 hitter since 1997. He batted .443 to post the fourth-highest average in a single season in school history, while Bencsko hit .356 with a team-high 24 stolen bases as a senior.
Before he was hired by Villanova, Miller spent the 2009 summer season as a coach for the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod Baseball League. The Anglers reached the playoffs and at one point during the summer were the top-ranked team in the country among all collegiate summer leagues. During the spring 2009 season, Miller was the hitting coach at Rutgers-Camden.
A former collegiate star at Clemson, Miller was a first-round draft pick (23rd overall) of the Cleveland Indians in the 1995 First-Year Player Draft. In three seasons at Clemson (1993-95), he helped lead the Tigers to national No. 1 rankings in both his sophomore and junior years. Clemson won three straight Atlantic Coast Conference championships during those years and advanced to the College World Series in 1995.
Miller was a junior on the 1995 College World Series team and was named a finalist for national Player of the Year honors. A consensus All-America selection that season as well as a first team All-ACC pick, Miller batted .380 with nine home runs, 78 RBI and 27 stolen bases while starting all 68 games in 1995. He finished his collegiate career with a .335 average, 143 runs scored, 149 RBI and 10 home runs.
Miller played professionally from 1996 until 2003 after being drafted by the Indians. His first collegiate coaching experience came as an assistant coach at Hawaii-Hilo from 2002-03.