The 2019-20 season will mark the fourth as head coach at Loras for TJ Miller.
As the leader of the wrestling program, Miller and the Duhawks are coming off the single-most successful season in program history in 2018-19. Not only did Loras match the previous program record for number of national qualifiers, but the team reached an elite tier, finishing second in the team standings thanks largely in part to five All-Americans. During the regular season, Miller guided the Duhawks to a 13-2 dual record, which included a seven-point loss to American Rivers Conference Champion, Wartburg.
In three seasons as a head coach, Miller has coached nine All-Americans, five regional champions and 22 All-Conference performers. As a result, Miller has been named the Iowa Conference Coach of the Year, American RIvers Conference Coach of the Year and NWCA Rookie Coach of the Year.
Miller returns to his home state from Louisiana where he served as a high school physical education teacher and head wrestling coach at Holy Cross School. In his five seasons as a coach for the Tigers, Miller's teams won two Louisiana State Championships plus one runner-up finish. Fourteen of Miller's wrestlers were crowned state champions while another 16 produced runner-up finishes. In 2013, Miller was named the NWCA Louisiana Assistant Coach of the Year.
Miller's first coaching stop was at his alma mater, Wartburg College, where he served as a strength coach and assistant wrestling coach for two seasons. In 2009, he was a part of the Knight's NCAA Division III National Championship team.
A 2008 graduate of Wartburg College, Miller wrestled for his father, the legendary Jim Miller, for four seasons and compiled an overall record of 131-9, including a national championship in 2007 at 197#. His wrestling accomplishments include being honored as a three-time NCAA Division III All-American and a three-time Iowa Conference Champion. Miller was a part of three national championship teams in 2004, 2006 and 2008 as an athlete. His 131 wins rank eighth all-time at Wartburg.
In addition to his bachelor's degree, Miller also owns a leadership certification from Wartburg and an Olympic Lifting certification from the University of Northern Iowa.
Miller lives Dubuque with his wife, Allison, and three daughters, Mckenna, Morrisyn, and Maddyn.