BRUNSWICK, Maine – Bowdoin Faculty has named Laura Miller as its new head coach of ladies's rugby. Miller turns into simply the second coach within the historical past of this system, which dates again to the 1980's and has been one of many nation's few varsity packages since 2002.
Most just lately Miller was the top coach of Aquinas Faculty in Grand Rapids, Michigan, since 2021 the place she was the founding coach of the ladies's rugby program and the co-chair of the student-athlete psychological well being committee.
“Laura brings an unbelievable wealth of taking part in and training expertise to our girls's rugby program and I'm excited for her to hitch our neighborhood,” mentioned Ashmead White Director of Athletics Tim Ryan '98. “Her appreciation of the liberal arts instructional expertise and offering an atmosphere that each challenges and helps our athletes was obvious throughout our conversations and I stay up for supporting her success at Bowdoin.”
“I want to thank Tim Ryan and the search committee for this unbelievable alternative,” mentioned Miller. “This function has been an aspirational one for me and I'm honored to be main the Bowdoin girls's rugby workforce into its subsequent chapter. I'd additionally wish to thank MaryBeth and Bob Mathews for his or her years of service to Bowdoin Faculty, they've left a long-lasting impression on this program and the ladies's rugby neighborhood as an entire.”
“Bowdoin is a neighborhood that displays my values as a coach, educator, and advocate for the liberal arts and I stay up for serving this system with consummate ardour for the event of student-athletes and collegiate girls's rugby.”
Previous to her time at Aquinas, Miller was the director of rugby and head coach at Alderson Broaddus College the place she was the founding coach of the boys's and ladies's rugby packages. Whereas at Alderson Broaddus, she facilitated the elevation of the ladies's rugby program to compete in Division II of the Nationwide Intercollegiate Rugby Affiliation (NIRA). Along with her collegiate head teaching expertise, Miller has labored for USA Rugby, serving as a coach educator and the interim Midwest Training Administrator, and has additionally served in teaching and program director roles in assist of youth rugby in Georgia and Colorado.
Along with her teaching expertise, Miller was an excellent participant internationally. Miller was a member of the USA Girls's Nationwide 15's Staff from 2010-2016, competing in two world cup qualifying cycles whereas incomes 5 caps on three worldwide excursions. She additionally performed in London for the Saracens Premiere facet, for the Glendale (Colo.) Raptors within the Girls's Premier League (WPL), and for the Washington DC Furies WPL 15's and seven's groups.
Miller is a graduate of St. Mary's Faculty of Maryland, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Environmental Research whereas changing into a two-time girls's rugby All-American. She earned her Grasp of Science in Optimistic Psychology from Life College, the place she additionally served as an assistant rugby coach.
Miller assumes the helm of a program that has been the best in Division III of the Nationwide Intercollegiate Rugby Affiliation during the last a number of seasons. Bowdoin has claimed three straight NIRA Division III crowns, including an 8-1 campaign en route to the title last fall.