Miller named as Oklahoma Christian's 5th cross country coach

Wade Miller has been named as the fifth cross country coach in Oklahoma Christian’s history.

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 20, 2012) – Wade Miller, an Oklahoma Christian alumnus who has worked the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Eagles and Lady Eagles, was named Wednesday as the university’s fifth men’s and women’s cross country coach, Athletic Director Curtis Janz said.

Miller, 28, will succeed Mark Thompson, who resigned last month after guiding the Eagles to the 2011 NAIA cross country championship, the first in the program’s history. Thompson had been OC’s cross country coach since December 2008.

“Wade understands the Oklahoma Christian culture, as he is a former OC athlete and has worked with our runners for the past two years,” Janz said. “Wade will continue to keep the OC cross country programs at a highly competitive level.”

Miller also will continue in his role as an assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach at OC, working primarily with middle-distance and long-distance runners.

“It’s a good opportunity,” Miller said. “I think the program has done really well in the past few years and has a really storied tradition. It’s been a good program in the NAIA for a long time and it’s exciting to get an opportunity to lead it into the future.

“I think we’ve got a good thing going and I hope to maintain that momentum.”

Miller graduated from OC in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He competed as a member of the Eagles’ cross country and track and field teams from 2002 to 2006. Miller was a three-time national qualifier in cross country and track, specializing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. His personal-best time in the event is 9:28.04.

He also excelled in the classroom, twice earning NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors and making the GTE/Verizon/ESPN Academic All-District team three times.

Miller joined OC’s cross country coaching staff before the 2010-11 school year. Before that, he spent three years teaching English in the public school system in Mito, Japan.

Miller, a native of Lockney, Texas, lives in Edmond with his wife, Janet (Pomeroy).