• Two-Time NFCA Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year (2013 & 2014)
• Set More Than 30 Offensive Records at Nebraska
• Broke 44 Mountain West Conference Offensive Records at Colorado State
• Broke 14 Offensive School Records at Colorado State
• Coached Five All-America Hitters in Last Five Seasons
• Coached 23 All-Region Hitters in Her Career
• Coached 13 All-Region Hitters at Nebraska
• Coached 46 All-Conference Hitters in Her Career
• Coached 29 All-Conference Hitters at Nebraska
• Missouri Sports Hall of Fame (2015)
• Missouri Southern State Individual Hall of Fame (2003)
• Missouri Southern State Championship Team Hall of Fame (2002)
• NCAA Division II National Champion (1992)
• Three-Time Division II Second-Team All-American (1990, 1991 & 1992)
• Second-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American (1992)
After orchestrating an offensive revival at Colorado State, Diane Miller is producing an encore performance in Lincoln. Nebraska's offense has exploded under Miller's watch, as the Huskers have set more than 30 school records entering her eighth season in 2016. Nebraska's record-breaking performances come on the heels of Miller's nine seasons at Colorado State, when the Rams' offense set 44 conference records and 14 school records.
Individually, Husker hitters have combined to earn 26 all-conference honors, 13 all-region accolades and five All-America awards under Miller. In her work as Nebraska's catching instructor, Miller has coached four catchers to six all-conference awards in her first seven seasons.
A two-time member of the NFCA Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year, Miller has helped Nebraska to a pair of NCAA Regional titles, a trip to the Women's College World Series and a share of the 2014 Big Ten regular-season championship in the past three seasons alone.
Miller Making Case as Program's Best Hitting Coach
In only seven seasons, Diane Miller has made a strong case as the greatest hitting coach in the 40-year history of Nebraska softball. The numbers speak for themselves, as Nebraska has set team records for batting average, runs, home runs, extra-base hits, RBIs, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and walks in just the last two seasons.
AVERAGE NEBRASKA OFFENSIVE SEASON UNDER MILLER & BEFORE HER ARRIVAL
|7 Season Under Miller||.295||308||450||75||5||50||279||193||.448|
|33 Seasons Before Miller||.257||197||352||43||11||22||166||166||.352|
Miller Excels as Husker Catching Instructor
In addition to directing the Husker offense, Diane Miller tutors Nebraska's catchers. Her work with the Husker catchers has been just as impressive as what she has accomplished as Nebraska's hitting coach.
Only one catcher had earned all-region honors in the history of Nebraska softball before Miller arrived in 2009. In Miller's seven seasons working with the position, three Husker catchers have been recognized as all-region performers. Miller has also coached four different catchers to a total of six all-conference accolades in the past seven seasons.
In 2011, Taylor Edwards earned third-team All-America honors as a freshman, becoming the first Husker catcher to earn All-America recognition. A two-time All-American, Edwards ended her career as the 2014 Division I Catcher of the Year.
Miller Making Mark in Husker Record Book
Nebraska's offense has set more than 30 individual and team records in the seven seasons Diane Miller has been the Huskers' hitting coach, including more than a dozen team records in just the past two seasons. In most cases, the Huskers have not simply broken a previous team record, they have shattered it.
In addition to setting school records, the Huskers have also posted several other top-five marks in school history. In fact, four of Nebraska's all-time top-five home run and RBI totals have come under Miller's direction, along with four of the program's top five slugging and on-base percentages. Three of the Huskers' top-five all-time marks in batting average, runs, doubles and walks have also come with Miller leading the Nebraska offense.
NEBRASKA TEAM RECORDS UNDER MILLER
• Average: .337 in 2015
• Runs: 400 in 2015
• Home Runs: 73 in 2014
• Extra-Base Hits: 173 in 2014
• RBIs: 370 in 2015
• Slugging Pct.: .505 in 2015
• On-Base Pct.: .431 in 2015
• Walks: 217 in 2015
Huskers Scoring Runs at Record Rate
Offense ultimately comes down to scoring runs and the Husker offense has been exceptional in that category under Diane Miller. The Huskers have scored 300 runs in three consecutive seasons after reaching the mark only three times in the program's first 37 seasons. In fact, the Huskers have averaged 308 runs per season under Miller.
Run totals can vary greatly based on the number of games played each season, but the Huskers have been even more impressive in runs per game. The Huskers have averaged more than 5.0 runs per game in five consecutive seasons, a mark reached only twice in the first 35 seasons in program history. In 2015, the Huskers averaged 6.9 runs per game, breaking the previous record - set the prior season - by 1.2 runs per game.
Nebraska ranked 18th nationally in scoring in 2015. The Huskers are one of only 12 teams nationally to rank in the top 50 nationally in scoring each of the last five seasons.
TEAMS TO RANK IN THE TOP 50 IN SCORING EACH OF LAST 5 YEARS
• Arizona State
• Ball State
• Notre Dame
Home Run-Hitting Huskers
Like seemingly every other category, Nebraska's home run totals have risen dramatically during the tenure of Diane Miller. The Huskers have averaged 50 home runs per season in Miller's first seven years. Nebraska hit a school-record 73 home runs in 2014 and four of the top five home run totals in school history have come under Miller's direction. The Huskers have slugged 350 home runs in the past seven seasons after hitting only 202 home runs in the seven seasons prior to Miller's arrival.
2015 Featured Top Offense in School History
Diane Miller's seventh season proved to be her best yet, as Nebraska boasted the best statistical offense in school history in 2015. The Huskers set school records for batting average, runs, RBIs, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. In a testament to Miller's success, Nebraska broke its RBI and slugging percentage records for the second straight season.
The Huskers scored 400 runs for the first time in program history in 2015, posted the first .400 on-base percentage at Nebraska and the first .500 slugging percentage. NU ranked 14th nationally in on-base percentage, while ranking 18th in both batting average and scoring. The Huskers averaged a school-record 6.9 runs per game in 2015, breaking the previous record by 1.2 runs per game.