Lake-Sumter Community College


 

 Softball Coaching Staff



Jay Miller

Head Coach 

millerj@lssc.edu 

Originally from Chillicothe, Ohio, Miller enters his third season at the helm of the Lakehawks after starting in August of 2015.

In 2017, Coach Miller helped lead his squad to the programs fourth 20+ win season in school history. During which his team ended the season top 10 in the country in stolen bases. LSSC climbed two spots after finishing seventh in the Mid-Florida Conference in 2016, to fifth last season. Five players were named All-Conference with one player, Bri Bennett earning NFCA All-Region honors. The Lakehawks boasted a 3.15 team GPA and had three Academic All-America selections.

LSSC won 13 games during Miller's rookie season, doubling the teams wins inside the conference from the previous season with six. The Lakehawks had one first team All-Mid Florida Conference selection, one NFCA second team All-Region selection and two Academic All-America honorees. The program also boasted the third LSSC athlete to ever receive the college's most prestigious honor when Madison Mihok was named the recipient of the President's Award.

In two seasons with the Lakehawks, Miller's teams and players have broken 25 of 45 marks in the programs all-time records book. He has amassed over 30 wins and initiated several camps and showcases.  At the end of the 2016 season, he was voted in as the Mid-Florida Conference Softball Chair. This year the program will be hosting it's second annual Lakehawk Invitational travel ball tournament on campus. 

Miller’s softball coaching career started in Citrus County where he was the head coach for the Citrus Chaos travel ball team. He got his start at the collegiate level while at Oklahoma Panhandle State University as the recruiting coordinator for the Aggie softball program.

Miller attended NCAA DII affiliate Northwest Missouri State University where he was the Assistant Softball Coach and the Graduate Assistant to the Sports Information Director. During his time at Northwest, the Bearcat softball program made back-to-back MIAA conference tournament appearances. The team also boasted a team batting average over .300 and the 2014 MIAA Freshman of the Year.

Before working with the NWMSU, Miller was a collegiate baseball player at the University of Rio Grande in Ohio and Oklahoma Panhandle State. As a pitcher, Miller earned Academic All-Conference honors for both schools he played at, finishing his career at OPSU as a catcher, hitting over .300. 

He completed his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma Panhandle State in Exercise Science in 2012 before finishing his Master’s in Applied Health and Sports Sciences at Northwest Missouri State in 2014.

After settling down at LSSC, Miller bought a house and currently resides in Inverness, Fla. with his wife, Candace. Candace is a former All-Conference college outfielder who started her career at Hillsborough CC. The couple has a two year old boy named Beckett at home.

 

Butch Miller

Assistant Coach
 

Butch Miller is the father of head softball coach, Jay Miller. After a decorated playing career which included a .600 batting average his senior year and Ohio All-State accolades, Butch began to follow his passion. Coach Miller Sr has 38 years of coaching baseball and softball experience at the high school and elite travel ball levels. He began his coaching career as the head baseball coach at St. Charles Preparatory School in Columbus, Ohio.

Coach Butch begins his third season at Lake-Sumter with his main focus set on working with the catchers and slappers. He will also coach first base.

After successful stints at Notre Dame HS (Portsmouth, OH.) and Unioto HS (Chillicothe, OH.) coaching baseball, Coach Miller took over the Chillicothe High School softball program in 1999. Coach Butch took a program which had won three games in two seasons to back-to-back District Tournaments. 

Since moving to Florida in 2005, Coach Butch has been the head softball coach at Citrus High School in Inverness, FL and co-head coach at Lecanto High School in Lecanto, FL. It is at Lecanto HS where Coach Butch was named the 2014 State of Florida Assistant Coach of the Year. Along with his Assistant Coach of the Year award, he has also collected five District Coach of the Year Awards. Two in baseball and three in softball.

In the summer of 2017, Coach Butch was elected to his high school's Athletic Hall of Fame. He is now in the St. Charles HS Hall of Fame twice. Once as a member of the 1975 baseball team and now for his individual career.

He currently resides in Beverly Hills, Fla. with his wife Angela. They have three kids and nine grandkids.



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