Softball Coach Miller Fired by MSU

Just a few weeks after earning his 1,000th career victory, Jay Miller has been fired as Mississippi State’s softball coach.

The school said in a press release that Miller’s contract, which expires June 30, will not be renewed. A national search for Miller’s replacement will begin immediately.

In nine seasons at MSU, Miller compiled a record of 295-253 and led the team to NCAA tournament berths in five of his first six years at the helm. The past three seasons have been a struggle, however, as State has gone 78-89. The Lady Bulldogs made the SEC Tournament field this season as a No. 8 seed and were eliminated by Alabama in the first round to finish the year with a 24-32 mark.

“We appreciate everything Jay has done for our softball program through his nine years as our head coach, and we wish him the best in all his future activities,” athletics director Scott Stricklin said in a statement. “These are always difficult decisions, however, we believe it was time for new leadership to guide our program in a different direction.”

Miller has a career record of 1,004-668 in 29 seasons. He’s also been a head coach at Purdue, Oklahoma City and Missouri.

The 54-year-old Miller has been a big player on the national softball stage for years. The past two summers, he guided the U.S. national team to six gold medals. He’s also one of the founders of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, which is headquartered in Starkville. His wife, Lacy Lee Baker, is executive director.

Miller did not immediately return a message seeking comment.