Illinois Women's Soccer Coach Marci Miller Headed To China For Four
CA For the third time since taking over the Northern Illinois
University womens soccer program, head coach Marci Miller
(St. Charles, IL) has been invited to play with the U.S. National
Team. Miller saw limited action in her first game, but played all
95 minutes against Australia as the two teams tied in a friendly
on October, 16, 2005. Now as the team heads to Guangzhou, China,
for the Four Nations Cup, where the U.S. will face Norway, France
and China, Miller will join the team as they look to capture their
third trophy in four years.
awesome to be considered, and I am extremely excited that we are
going to this tournament and facing some of the top teams in the
world, said Miller. It is all a learning process and
experiences like these make you a better coach. I am constantly
taking notes and am very fortunate as a younger coach to be around
some of the best players and coaches in the world and learn from
Miller is the
only representative from the Land of Lincoln named to the team.
The former WUSA standout played for the Atlanta Beat before returning
home to take over the NIU program. Miller is just the second coach
in the history of NIU womens soccer. In her first season the
team finished 5-11-2, which considering the inevitable transition
that occurs when a team learns a new style of play, the Huskies
are in good shape for the future. Included in the Huskies
wins were victories over local rival DePaul University and a win
over Central Michigan University, which was in first place at the
time. While with the National Team, Miller will have the chance
to continue to learn from her college coach at Southern Methodist
University and current National Team boss Greg Ryan.
a great accomplishment for Marci, said NIU Director of Athletics
James J. Phillips. We are really proud of her and this is
a testament to her hard work and dedication. It is reflective of
the kind of coaches that we have here who epitomize the world class
experience that we provide our student athletes.
many accomplishments and honors during her first year in DeKalb,
was her induction into the St. Charles East High School Hall of
Fame. Miller was one of four recipients of the Jodie Harrison Lifetime
inducted is a huge honor for me, said Miller. Jodie
was the athletics director when I was at St. Charles. He was an
awesome man and his integrity meant a lot to me. High school really
shaped me, and my coaches Brett Hall and Tim Daily taught me a lot
of life lessons that help me every day in life and in coaching.
all-state soccer player, Miller was also named to the all-state
tournament teams in 1993 and 1994. Following her career at St. Charles
East High School, Miller ventured north to Madison, WI, for two
years at the University of Wisconsin, where she earned All-America
honors while playing for the Badgers in 1995. After two seasons
with Wisconsin, Miller followed coach Ryan to Southern Methodist
University for her junior and senior seasons. While at SMU Miller
captained the Mustangs to a Western Athletic Conference championship
in 1996, was named WAC Player of the Year in 1996, and twice recognized
as a national All-American. After finishing her career at SMU, Miller
played internationally before joining the WUSA and the Atlanta Beat.
journey is the fifth trip for the National Team to China to participate
in the Four Nations Cup, also competing in 1998, 2002-04. The U.S.
women won the Cup in 1998, 2003, and 2004, and look to pick up their
fourth trophy when they open against longtime rival Norway on Jan.
18, 2006. All U.S. games will kick off at 2 a.m. CST.
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