After helping Purdue baseball win the Big Ten title as a senior, David Miller has remained part of the program by taking on the role of undergraduate student assistant coach for the 2013 season.
Miller was a two-year starting shortstop for the Boilermakers after transferring to Purdue from Southwestern Illinois College in the fall of 2011. He led the Big Ten in on-base percentage (.465) in 2011, represented the Boilers on the 2012 Big Ten All-Tournament and was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. While starting all but one game during Purdue's historic 45-win 2012 season, he was among the 25- and 50-player watch lists for the Brooks Wallace Award, which recognizes the nation's top shortstop.
Miller will work with the Purdue infield defense and assist with hitting instruction. He is scheduled to travel with the team throughout the 2013 campaign.
The St. Louis native enjoyed a fine defensive season as a senior, committing only 10 errors in 272 defensive chances for a .963 fielding percentage. He also contributed to 36 of the 59 double plays turned by the Boilers and was recognized as the team's defensive player of the year. In 2011, he was honored as the team's Clyde Lyle Award winner, bestowed upon the top non-scholarship performer.
A .299 career hitter in his two seasons at Purdue, Miller helped lead the Boilers to an 82-35 record. While possessing one of the top understandings of the strike zone of anyone in the program, he recorded 85 free passes (walks and hit by pitch) versus 41 strikeouts in over 450 at-bats at the Division I level. However, he also connected for 23 extra-base hits, including six home runs.
Miller teamed up with classmate Calvin Gunter to author a season-long player journal at CollegeBaseballInsider.com detailing the adventures of Purdue's 2012 Big Ten championship team. He was named the Big Ten Player of the Week after a big series in the three-game set at UCLA that featured the Boilers' 10-run ninth inning comeback win in the weekend finale.
Miller was a first team all-conference performer at Southwestern Illinois College in 2010 after batting .457. He also batted over .400 in each of his upperclassman seasons at St. Louis University High School.
Miller is completing his bachelor's degree in history this spring.