June 21, 2011

Cal Hires 'Rising Star' Ginger Miles as Coach

from press release

Lochary: Thoughts on the Miles Hire

BERKELEY, Calif. – Ginger Miles, who won a national championship as a goalkeeper at Virginia and has served as head coach at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps the past two seasons, has been named head lacrosse coach at California.

During her two years at CMS, Miles guided the NCAA Division III team to a pair of conference titles and two second-round appearances in the NCAA Tournament. CMS produced a 16-3 overall record and 9-0 SCIAC conference mark in 2011 and a 16-3 (10-0 SCIAC) record in 2010.

"I'm obviously very excited to join the Cal family and I'm looking forward to starting a new chapter in program history," said Miles, a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Board of Directors.

"I'd like to thank Sandy Barbour for the opportunity and I'm looking to building on the strong foundation that already exists. I'm excited to be a coach at such a prestigious university and to be coaching student-athletes who have a strong focus on their academics as well as their athletics. I'm really looking forward to getting started in a supportive athletic department that I know will help me with my pursuit of making the program as successful as it can be."

"I'd like to thank Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Athletic Director Mike Sutton for the opportunity to take that program where it is today," Miles added. "While it is heartbreaking to leave that school, I know that it has a good foundation and will be successful going forward."

In 2009, Miles worked with the goalkeepers as a volunteer coach at Virginia, in addition to serving as an admissions counselor at the school. She coached the Blue Ridge Lacrosse Club from 2007-09 and led the Virginia Western Region team to a gold medal in the 2008 Virginia Commonwealth Games.

Miles started in goal in 2005 and 2006 for UVA, leading the Cavaliers to Atlantic Coast Conference championships both seasons. She claimed berths on the ACC All-Tournament Team and the ACC All-Academic team in 2006. Miles played in seven games in each of her first two seasons, including 2004 when the Cavs defeated Princeton for the NCAA crown.

"Ginger Miles brings experience as both an elite-level athlete and a successful head coach to Cal, and I have full confidence that she has the ability to lift our lacrosse program to new heights," Barbour said. "In addition to her familiarity with playing and coaching in challenging academic environments, Ginger has competed at some of the highest levels of the sport. I believe she is a rising star in the profession who possesses a clear vision for the future of Cal lacrosse."

Cal produced a 9-8 record (3-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) in 2011.

What They're Saying About Ginger Miles

"I'm happy for Ginger and for the University of California. We're so proud of what she's been able to do in her professional career. She has a great work ethic and great leadership skills. When she coached here, she worked a lot with the goalkeepers and defense and was a go-to person for a lot of the players. She was a sounding board, mentor and role model for the kids. I think she's going to do a fabulous job at Cal." - Virginia head coach Julie Myers

"It's a wonderful opportunity for Ginger, and it's exciting for the University of California to hire such a bright, young and exciting women's lacrosse coach to really accelerate the program. Ginger grew up in the state of Maryland when I was coaching at the University of Maryland, and I've known Ginger through camps and certainly when she had a tremendous career at Virginia and assisted there for a year. She did an exceptional job there and at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. It's the right hire for the University of California." - Navy head coach Cindy Timchal

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