Mustangs Hope To Build On Record-Breaking Indoor Season
Tony Miller arrived at SMUfor the2006-07year as he enters his eighth season and hasbuilt a tradition of sprint achievementfor the Mustangs.
In 2013, Miller coached the foursome of Craisha Washington, Rachel Scruggs, Isis Wilson and Stephanie Kalu to an indoor school record in the 4x400m relay as the group placed third at the C-USA Indoor Championships. Kalu finishedfourth in the 60-meter dash at the same meet.
In the spring, Washington, Scruggs, Wilson and Kalu combined to set SMU outdoor records in both the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays. The foursome placed second in the 4x100 and was fourth in the 4x400. Kaluwas alsothird in the 100-meter dash. The Mustangs finished second at the C-USA Outdoor Championships.
Kalu then went on to finish 22nd at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.That led to an invitationto theIAAF World Championships in Moscow in August this year to runin the 100and the 4x100relay.
In 2012, Washington finished fifth in the 400 and the Mustang 4x400 relay team with Wilson, Amber Evans and Lakeisha Jamesfinished fourthand setaschool record in the event at the time. Evans highlighted the Mustangs seventh-place finish at the C-USA outdoor championships by winning the 400.
In 2011, SMU's Lovisa Lindh earned gold in the 800andwasC-USA's Freshman of the Meetat the indoor league meet.At the C-USA Outdoor Championships, Lindh won the same event for anindoor-outdoor sweep.
Evans set a school record in the 400as she earned silver at the Outdoor Championships.
Prior to 2011, Miller and head coach Dave Wollman built the foundation for the accomplishments ofthe sprinters on the current roster today.
"When I got here, our focus was on recruiting. We had to build a roster with more depth. Now, we have that depth and we expect to contend for a team conference title each year as well as an NCAA Championship," said Miller.
Before coming to SMU, Millerspent two years developing the University of North Texas 400, 800 and 4x400 relay runners.
At UNT,Miller contributed to the women's first Indoor Sun Belt Conference Championship and a fifth-place finish on the men's side by leading nine athletes to indoor All-Conference honors in five events. The highlight of his outdoor campaign at UNT was the men's Sun Belt conference championship 4x400 meter relay, which ran the second fastest time in school history, placing fourth. The mark atthe NCAA Midwest Regional meetjust missed a berth to the NCAA Nationals. The women's 4x400relayset aschool record and qualified for the NCAA Regional, whereitplaced 10th. Miller ledeight athletes toall-conference honors in five events and several athletes to personal bestsindividually.
Miller had a stellar collegiate track & field careeratBaylor, competing in the 400,and the 4x400 and 4x100relays. In addition to three NCAA national titles in the 4x400, Miller earned seven Southwest Conference Championship titles. A 15-time All-American, Miller still tops Baylor's list for highest number of combined All-America honors.Hewas a member of the 1995 US Pan-American 4x400 relay, competed in two U.S. Olympic Trials and was a semi-finalist in the 400at the 1996 trials.
A 1996 graduate of Baylor, Miller earneda bachelor's in business administration in marketingand iscertified inUSATF Level II.
Miller and his wife, Toinette, reside in Friscoand have a son, Cameron, anddaughter, Candace.