Harvard Announces Lisa Miller as New Head Coach

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.óLisa Miller, who built the Syracuse women's lacrosse program from scratch into a perennial NCAA tournament contender, has been named Harvard's new head coach, Nichols Family Director of Athletics Bob Scalise announced Tuesday.

Miller, a Plymouth, Mass., native and the 2007 Big East Coach of the Year, led the Orange to six NCAA Championship appearances in 10 seasons. She is also head coach of the Canadian National Team, served previously as an assistant coach at Brown and Wheaton (Mass.) and was an All-America player at William & Mary, where she is a member of the school's athletics hall of fame.

"We're excited to welcome one of the top coaches in college lacrosse to Harvard in Lisa Miller," said Scalise. "Her record at Syracuse, where she produced championship-level teams while recruiting and developing excellent student-athletes, speaks for itself. I'm confident that she will be an excellent teacher and role model for our students and will reestablish our women's lacrosse program as one of the premier programs in the Ivy League and nation."

"I would like to thank Bob Scalise, Diane Metcalf and the Harvard lacrosse family for giving me this opportunity," Miller said. "Harvard has a proud women's lacrosse tradition and I am delighted by the challenge of facing the tough competition in the Ivy League and restoring the program to national prominence."

After entering 2007 ranked 10th among active coaches with a .664 winning percentage, Miller improved on that mark and finished her Syracuse tenure with a 106-53 record (.667). The Orange's streak of 10 straight winning seasons, all under Miller, is tied for the fifth-longest in NCAA history. During her SU tenure, Miller's players have garnered 17 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-America selections, 31 all-region picks and 32 All-Big East honors. She mentored the Big East Attack Player of the Year in 2004 and the conference's Midfield Player of the Year in 2001, the league's inaugural season.

Miller has served as the IWLCA academic chair since 2004. Her student-athletes have earned three selections to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic-All-District teams and one Academic All-America honor. Her players have earned selection to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll on 14 occasions, and the 2005 team was recognized as an IWLCA National Academic Squad.

Eight of Miller's players have gone on to become collegiate coaches, with three earning head-coaching positions.

Miller's final season at Syracuse was perhaps her finest. The Orange went 13-6 to set a school record for wins, defeated five ranked teams, shared the Big East regular-season title, won the inaugural Big East Championship and knocked off No. 8 seed Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA Championship before falling to eventual national champion Northwestern in the quarterfinals.

Miller led Syracuse to 12-win seasons in 2005 (12-5), 2000 (12-4) and 1999 (12-4). An 11-game winning streak in 2000 helped the team reach the NCAA Championship in just the program's third season of play. The 1999 squad won the ECAC Championship, as Miller was named IWLCA North Region Coach of the Year and one of three finalists for Division I National Coach of the Year.

In 1998, Syracuse's first season of competition, Miller guided the team to a 9-4 record and the top scoring offense in the country at 15.08 goals per game. The team also led the nation in scoring margin, outscoring opponents by an average of 7.3 goals.

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