Gary Miller enters his fourth year in 2018 with Sam Houston State baseball and serves as assistant coach with the program.
Miller, a Texas City native, has served a key role in helping the Bearkats produce back-to-back 40-win seasons for the first time in Division I program history. In 2017, Sam Houston reached new heights, capturing the NCAA Lubbock Regional championship and first-ever trip to the NCAA Super Regionals with a visit to Tallahassee.
While coming two wins from reaching the NCAA College World Series, Sam Houston matched a Division I program record for wins (44) while securing the Southland Conference Tournament championship with four-straight wins at Sugar Land's Constellation Field.
The Bearkats led the Southland Conference in 12 different team categories and finished the season as one of two teams nationally to rank in the top-25 for both ERA (3.58) and batting average (.305). Sam Houston set a new program record with 28 triples -- ranking third in the country -- while finishing fourth in the nation in sac bunts (70), 10th in hits (676) and 10th in stolen bases (102).
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 three years at Sam Houston, nine Sam Houston players have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. In total, Bearkat players have been selected by 28 of 30 MLB teams. With three players drafted in 2017, 57 total have been picked up including Bryce Johnson, who went in the sixth round to the San Francisco Giants.
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.