- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
By JAMES A. McCRAY III
Colorado, Ohio, Texas, Denmark, South Africa and now Maryland.
Drew Miller is used to moving. It is nothing new to the newly named St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s and women’s tennis coach.
Miller is also used to coaching Division III collegiate sports coming to Maryland with 10-plus years of coaching Division III athletics, including the last five years at Schreiner University (Texas) as head men’s basketball coach.
What Miller wants to get used to is coaching tennis at St. Mary’s College.
“It’s a great school and the program is in good shape with some good kids who are some good players,” Miller said. “I am excited to work with them and looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish.”
Miller comes to the area after his wife acquired a job at the Pentagon, leaving him looking for opportunities, in particular coaching opportunities, and he landed on St. Mary’s College.
“When we moved, it was more for our family,” Miller said. “It was better for my wife and for my family and this is the opportunity that presented itself right now. It’s a great, great college and I have the tennis background and I wanted to coach. It kind of all [matched], and I moved forward.”
Miller’s tennis background includes high school play in Colorado and Ohio.
Growing up in Colorado, Miller advanced to the state tournament as a singles player.
Miller then moved to Ohio and in one year playing in public high school he advanced to the state tennis tournament as a part of a doubles team, the first team to do so in Hudson High School history.
Transferring to a private school after, Miller was the No. 1 singles player for Western Reserve Academy.
Miller will not only draw on his accomplished tennis career in high school, but also from him being a United States Tennis Association certified professional and a tennis pro at a country club for some time.
Miller also played basketball in Denmark and South Africa.
And with all of the tennis knowledge Miller has, he will have to draw from it quickly as the fall tennis season is less than two months away, with the Seahawks tennis teams scheduled for a match on Sept. 8 at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
He said that he is confident in getting the team together and building from the ground up.
“It’s a good team and I’ve met a couple of players and they are great young people that seem motivated,” Miller said. “The bulk of the season is in the spring, so we’ll be able to accomplish a lot this fall as far as getting to know each other and getting a lineup going.”
Even though he is excited about building, he only has one expectation of the team as they enter a new coaching era.
“My thing as their coach is to maximize their efforts in every single match with the sky being the limit,” Miller added. “My expectation is that we’re going to give the best effort possible every single day in practice and in every single match. We have a great group of men and women to do that. We’re going to give the greatest effort every day.”
Miller replaces former head coach Derek Sabedra, who broke numerous program records, including men’s all-time wins (61), women’s all-time wins (48), all-time combined wins (120), men’s single-season wins (17), women’s single-season wins (15), men’s most Capital Athletic Conference wins in a single season (6), women’s most conference wins (5) and most men’s consecutive wins in a single season (10).
Miller inherits a men’s team that finished 17-4 overall and 6-1 in CAC play last season, good for second place, and a women’s team that was 15-7 overall and 5-2 in CAC matches, also placing second.