Miller Leaves SSU For Job in South Dakota
Dr. Kimberly Miller, who served as Savannah State University’s Deputy Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator since February 2019, has resigned from her post and has taken a job at Augustana University, a Division II school in Suix Falls, South Dakota. Miller’s last day at SSU was December 24.
At Augustana, Miller will serve as Associate Athletic Director for Compliance/Senior Woman Administrator. “As a member of the Senior Staff at Augustana, I will be assisting the Athletic Director with the transition to NCAA Division I, in addition to overseeing all compliance operations and serving as a sports administrator to select sports.” She will help with strategic planning and goals, gender equity planning, work with the Office of Diversity and represent the athletic department at conferences and meetings.
Miller’s first day at Augustana was January 4.
“I enjoyed my time as member of the SSU Family”, said Miller. “We were able to stabilize compliance operations and more importantly, complete the first-ever full transition of a NCAA Division I institution to NCAA Division II membership. SSU is a great place and I will miss the students, faculty and staff very much and wish everyone well in their future endeavors.”
Miller initially serviced SSU as an Athletic Compliance Consultant to assist with the transition from NCAA Division I to NCAA Division II. As a fulltime staff member, Miller oversaw the transition, as well as served in a leadership capacity in the Department of Athletics. Currently, Augustana is transitioning from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I.
Miller came to Savannah State from Elizabeth City State University where she served as Assistant Professor/ Coordinator of the Sport Management Program (2018-19).
Before that, Miller was at Livingstone College, from January 2018-June 2018, where she was Associate Athletic Director/Associate Professor for Sport Management Program for Accreditation. This was Miller’s second stint at Livingstone, having worked there from January 2016- June 2016 as an instructor in Sport Management.
Miller worked at Western State Colorado University from August 2016-June 2018. While at the Gunnison, Colorado based institution, Miller was Associate Athletics Director of Internal Operations and Compliance. Miller was also Senior Woman Administrator and Title IX Deputy for the athletics department from August 2016-January 2018 and served as a Contract Consultant for Athletic Compliance from January 2018-June 2018.
A native of Waxhaw, North Carolina, Miller worked at Shaw University as their Assistant Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator from 2006- 16. Miller was also the head women’s softball coach at Shaw from 2008-14.
Before Shaw, Miller was the Senior Administrative Assistant at American University and a year prior, she began working with the Charlotte Bobcats – now Hornets – as a Graduate Intern for the Administrative and Basketball Operations Office.
From 2002- 05 Miller worked at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as the Championships and Officiating Assistant.
Miller also has a background in sports information as a Broadcasting/ Media Relations Intern at Ohio University and a Sports Information Intern at Bethune-Cookman University.
In 2001, Miller earned her bachelor’s degree in sport management from Winston-Salem State University. She also holds a master’s degree in sports studies from High Point University (2006) and earned her doctorate degree of philosophy in education with a specialization in sport management from Northcentral University in 2017.
McGriff To Coach Florida Gators
Florida head football coach Dan Mullen recently announced the hire of Wesley McGriff, a Savannah State University alumnus. McGriff is a 30-year coaching veteran who has NFL and vast Southeastern Conference experience. McGriff comes to Florida from Auburn, where for the past two seasons McGriff as secondary coach. “Coach McGriff brings a high level of familiarity in the National Football League and Southeastern Conference, being a coordinator and position coach,” Mullen said. “His track record of preparing players for the NFL and his success coaching at every level speaks for itself. His energy and tireless effort in recruiting will be an asset to our defensive staff.”
Florida is the fifth SEC school to hire McGriff, having previously worked at Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Auburn. Other coaching stops on his resume include Miami (Fla,), Baylor, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky State and Savannah State.
McGriff, 52, played cornerback, running back and wide receiver at Tift County (Ga.) High School where he was a part of a state championship team. He played at South Carolina State for one year before transferring to Savannah State, where he started at outside linebacker for three seasons and was named the conference’s 1989 Male Academic Athlete of the Year.
McGriff got his coaching start at SSU. From 1990-94, he served as graduate assistant, secondary coach, defensive coordinator and interim head coach. He also spent some time as the Tigers head baseball coach and won a conference tournament championship.
He received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, graduating cum laude, from Savannah State in 1990 and earned a master’s in public administration from Georgia Southern in 1993. McGriff was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1990 and was a member of the Army Reserves until 2001. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.