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University of Saint Mary Athletic Director Rob Miller was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Athletic Director of the Year for 2016-17. This is an annual award determined by a peer vote among the 12 KCAC athletic directors. Miller will also be considered a candidate for the National Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Athletic Directors Association.

Under the leadership of Miller, Spires Athletics finished third of 12 institutions in the KCAC Commissioner's Cup this season (an average of every sports' finish into an all-conference rank from one to 12). The school's third-place finish was a major improvement from the two previous seasons—finishing seventh place overall. In addition to the Spires impressive Commissioner's finish, USM was also the only team in the KCAC having no ejections in the 2016-17 season.

"As an AD, Rob personifies the five core values of the NAIA's Champions of Character program," said USM President Sister Diane Steele. "USM teams routinely earn 5-Star Champions of Character honors, and Rob insists on and nurtures integrity and sportsmanship among his players. Rob also teaches new athletes the 'Saint Mary Way' in sessions known as 'Miller Time,' and he teaches student-athletes the history of the Sisters of Charity—the founders and sponsors of the university—the history, mission, and core values of the university, what it means to be a Vincentian school, and why service is so important to USM."

Along with serving as AD, Miller sits at the helm of the Spires baseball program. His experience in both teaching and coaching has provided a strong foundation for the program since 2002. "I expect a strong work ethic, and I promote positive values both on and off the playing field," Miller explained. "The University of Saint Mary provides a quality learning atmosphere where student-athletes are given many opportunities to excel."

Miller has also championed the development of USM's newest men's and women's sport—wrestling. Both programs will compete this fall, multiplying the number of Spire Athletics programs under Miller's watch to 18. He has been instrumental in major improvements to campus, including overseeing the design and construction of the new Charles J. Berkel Memorial Stadium and a new softball field, along with renovations to the baseball field.

Fellow Athletic Director Mike Hermann of Kansas Wesleyan University had this to say about Miller: "I appreciate Rob's candidness, and he's always willing to jump in and help support others with ideas and information, etc. In addition, USM and the athletic staff there under Rob's leadership has been very successful in hosting KCAC Championship events, including the new Lacrosse KCAC Championships the past two years."

Miller will be formally recognized as the KCAC Athletic Director of the Year at the upcoming Sport Management Conference on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at York College. 

For more information on the honor and conference, visit the KCACsports.org.

Saint Mary has 18 varsity sports programs—football, volleyball, baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, soccer, cross country, track & field, lacrosse, wrestling, plus co-ed cheerleading and dance.