Courtesy of Kenyon Athletics
GAMBIER, Ohio -- Jill McCartney, Kenyon's Director of Athletics, Fitness and Recreation announced today that Emily (McDonough) Miller is returning to Kenyon College as Head Coach of the Owls softball program.
Miller was previously at Kenyon as an Assistant Coach during the 2020 season. That year, the Kenyon team played 16 spring break games in Florida and produced a 12-4 record before things came to an abrupt halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With her hiring, Miller replaced Erin O'Neill '02, a Kenyon Hall of Famer who resigned after a dozen seasons with an overall coaching mark of 204-220-1. Miller is now the sixth head coach in the 25-year history of the program.
"I would like to thank Jill McCartney, and the search committee for selecting me to lead the Kenyon softball program. It is an honor to be back at Kenyon to lead the Owls," Miller said. "I also want to thank Erin O'Neill for being a great mentor to me throughout my coaching journey. I plan to build upon the solid foundation that this program has established. I look forward to reconnecting with players and developing relationships with first year student-athletes, alumni and supporters of the program."
Before being hired as a Kenyon assistant in 2020, Miller served the previous year as head coach at Southern Vermont College, an institution that closed in May 2019. Miller also piled up coaching experience for two years as a graduate assistant coach atFrostburg State University. While attaining her master's degree in school counseling, Miller helped the Bobcats notch a 46-31 combined record during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Frostburg earned berths into the Capital Athletic Conference's postseason tournament in each of those seasons, as well.
Miller's undergraduate studies and playing career took place at NCAA Division I St. Bonaventure University. She broke the program's all-time hits record and became the only player in St. Bonaventure history to surpass the 200-hit mark. She also finished with the most runs scored in program history (108), second-most stolen bases (96) and third-best batting average (.382). In 2016, she was named to both the Atlantic 10's All-Conference team and Academic All-Conference team. She also was a member of the 2016 Atlantic 10's Commissioner's Honor Roll and graduated in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sports science.
Miller, a native of Marlboro, New York, is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and the American School Counseling Association. Following her first stint at Kenyon, Miller got married and moved with her husband Tim to Elkins, West Virginia, where he served as Davis & Elkins College Head Baseball Coach for two seasons, while Emily worked as an Enrollment Advisor.
Emily then went on to work as a School Counselor for one year at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School in Buckhannon, West Virginia, while also working as the Director of Softball at Pro Performance in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Miller's first day back at Kenyon is slated for September 1.
Miller Returns to Lead Kenyon Softball Program
Courtesy of Kenyon Athletics