Gary Miller enters his third year with the Sam Houston State baseball serving as assistant coach with the program.
In 2016, Sam Houston welcomed 19 freshmen and 29 newcomers and notched notable wins against No. 2 Texas A&M (5-0), Houston (4-0) and Baylor (6-5). With a formula for postseason success, the Kats compiled a schedule that included 15 preseason top 25 foes, and shined in that stretch. Sam Houston swept No. 25 Oklahoma in three games at Don Sanders Stadium.
The Bearkats won the 2016 Southland Conference regular-season championship and Southland Conference Tournament championship in the same season for the first time in program history. Sam Houston finished 42-22, notching its third 40-plus win season in three years. The Bearkats concluded the Southland Tournament with an RPI of 34, the highest in program history.
The 2016 Bearkats finished the regular season first in league games in stolen bases against (7), stolen base against percentage (.350), second in fielding percentage (.973), second in batting average (.306), second in opponent batting average (.231), second in triples (11), second in stolen bases (45), third in hits (309), third in total bases (442) and third in earned run average (2.95).
In two years at Sam Houston, six Sam Houston players have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. In total, Bearkat players have been selected by 27 of 30 MLB teams. With closer Greg Belton's selection in 2016, 54 Bearkats have been taken all-time.
In 2015, the Bearkats advantaged to the Southland Conference Championship game, falling just one win shy of advancing to the program’s fourth straight NCAA Regional.
With a sense of excitement surrounding the program in 2015, the Bearkats logged a pair of all-time attendance records (No. 4 – vs. Baylor: 1,729; No. 7 – vs. Wichita State: 1,257) and re-wrote four of the top five attendance marks when facing Southland foes.
Gary's passion for baseball reaches back more than 30 years. He has coached many teams over the years and previously was the head coach of the HCYA Eagles varsity baseball team. During this time he also worked as a hitting, catching and outfield instructor teaching the fundamentals and proper techniques of the game.
His understanding of the various hitting and infield techniques and his ability to effectively communicate with players of all ages and ability levels, leads to a high success rate in those who train hard. He has studied and worked with some of the area’s best coaches and teachers with a focus on learning the proper techniques for developing a strong baseball foundation for today’s ball players.
Gary's knowledge and ongoing research in biomechanics, mental/emotional training and “vision mechanics” is outstanding and has produced proven results.