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Erik Miller
Erik Miller

Head Coach

Miller enters his sith season directing the Wisconsin varsity lightweight women's program. Miller inherited a team coming off three consecutive national championships and led a "rebuilding" lightweight eight to a bronze medal finish at the event during his first year in 2007. That team also captured an Eastern Sprints conference title and the inaugural lightweight conference team title.

Miller returned the team to its great heights in 2008 and again in 2009, capturing the school's fourth and fifth national title in six years, leading the varsity lightweight eight to its fourth and fifth consecutive Eastern Sprints titles and directing the team to its second and third consecutive team conference titles. For his work, Miller was named the 2009 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Lightweight Coach of the Year. The 2010 squad extended its conference winning streak to six in the varsity lightweight eight and three as a team, while the top boat claimed silver at the national championship. In 2011 Miller's Badgers were conference champions again for the fifth-straight year and UW's varsity four won their race at the national championship by more than 12 seconds.

A Renton, Wash., native, Miller joined the Badger women after working in close proximity to the program in 2005-06. He served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Wisconsin men's rowing program before spending the summer as head coach and camp coordinator for the Camp Randall Rowing Club's collegiate women's rowing camp in Madison, Wis. Miller also coached in 2004-05 at the University of Washington where he was a volunteer freshmen coach, helping his charges to an undefeated campaign.

Prior to his time at Wisconsin, Miller spent eight years as a member of the U.S. national team from 1997 through 2004. In 2000, he won a world championship in the men's lightweight eight in Zagreb, Croatia. Miller was also the spare for the U.S. lightweight men's pair for the 2004 Olympic Summer Games in Athens, Greece. From 2001 through 2006, during much of his time training as a rower, Miller served as an Olympic jobs associate working for The Home Depot.

Founder and president of the Mercer Lake All-Star Rowing Club (MLARC) since 2002, he created the club as an alternative training location for elite level rowers, in an addition to the national team rowing center.

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