Severna Park graduate Meghan Miller to take over Roland Park lacrosse

Meghan Miller, a former All-American at Duke, has been named the Roland Park lacrosse coach after three years as an assistant with the Reds.

Roland Park athletic director Carol Hatton, in her announcement Tuesday on Twitter, said Miller, who played at Severna Park, has extensive college coaching experience and has helped develop youth lacrosse coaches. Miller is also a data and strategy analyst at Roland Park and will help the athletic department with middle school programming, Hatton said.

Miller takes over a Reds program that has reached the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference final four times in the past seven years but hasn’t won a championship in the 19 years of the IAAM.

Hatton said the search committee interviewed four strong candidates.

“What set Meg apart was that she had been a member of our community,” Hatton said. “She works at Roland Park during the day and she is extremely well respected by both adults and students. I think just her calm demeanor is really a strength as well, not that the other candidates didn’t have that, but she’s grounded and she’s really thoughtful in her approach and the decisions that she makes. We’ve been able to see her in those roles and in the other things she does during the day.”

Miller played on four NCAA tournament teams as a midfielder at Duke. She coached at Brown from 2004 to 2016 before coming to Roland Park. During her final year at Brown, she was associate head coach.

“I am honored and grateful to carry on the strong tradition of high-end academics and competitive athletics that provide an incredible platform for successful student-athletes,” Miller said in the statement. “I look forward to building on the rich lacrosse history and helping the team continue to succeed on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. I’m excited to get started in this new role and appreciate the support from the RPCS community.”

While at Brown, Miller also directed the Girls Coaches Development Program for the East Bay Bristol County Lacrosse Association for three years. She “designed, developed and implemented curriculum for girls’ youth lacrosse coaches and delivered coaching and mentoring to youth level coaches,” according to the statement.

“Meg just has so many different perspectives,” Hatton said, “so whether that’s competing as an athlete at the highest level or then coaching at an institution where academics and athletics are at a very high level but they’re at the same level and that’s an interesting environment to coach in and also recruit to. Now being at the high school level, and having seen that for the past two years, I think she has a really good intimate knowledge of what our student athletes need for the big picture experience.”

Miller replaces Kim McNemar, who was 38-20 in three seasons with the Reds. She guidedthem to the A Conference final her first season in 2016, but they fell in the quarterfinals the past two years.

This spring, the No. 8 Reds finished 13-9 in an up-and-down season that included an early 12-4 win over eventual A Conference champion and No. 1 Notre Dame Prep. Their roster included 15 underclassmen, including second-team All-Metro goalie Amber Bustard, a first-team selection last season as a sophomore.

The Reds have consistently been competitive in the A Conference, reaching the championship game four times between 2012 and 2015 and ranking among The Baltimore Sun’s Top 15 teams.

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