McMurry University today introduced Mason Miller – formerly the War Hawks' assistant coach and offensive coordinator - as its new football head coach. Miller is the 21st head football coach in McMurry history.
Miller succeeds Hal Mumme. In his four years with the McM program, Mumme had an aggregate record of 27-16 (.628).
Miller plans on tackling his first stint as a collegiate head coach with the same fervor as one might expect from a student of the “Air Raid Offense.”
“I am very grateful and appreciative for this opportunity, as well as for the confidence in me to guide this program, that President Russell and (Athletics Director) Ron Holmes have shown,” Miller said. “It is my intent to use every ounce of my energies to continue the upward-trend of War Hawks Football.”
Miller has the distinction of guiding offenses that have been nationally-ranked at three different levels. Furthermore, he has been an integral part of three-consecutive winning seasons at McMurry, something that has happened just six other times in the University's entire 87-year football history.
In Miller's four seasons - a total of 43 football games - of being involved with the McM offense, the War Hawks have averaged 416 yards per game of total offense, with better than 346 y.p.g. coming through the air.
Miller began as the War Hawks' assistant head coach and offensive line coach. He was promoted to offensive coordinator after the departure of Matt Mumme following the 2010 season. Miller also served as McM's recruiting coordinator.
2012 - which was McMurry's first as an NCAA Division II competitor - saw the vaunted War Hawk offensive threat remain just as strong. The McM team averaged more than 433 yards per game in total offense, 367 yards per game via the passing game. Quarterback Jake Mullin continued his assault on the McM record books during the season and became just the 59th player in NCAA history - at any level - to both pass for 10,000 yards and 100 touchdowns in a career, leading the team to its first Bowl appearance (and win) in 63 years.
In 2011 - Miller's first as offensive coordinator - he oversaw a potent offense that led the nation in passing offense at 346.3 yards per game. The War Hawks ranked 18th in the nation - and second in the American Southwest Conference - in scoring offense at 37.7 points per game. Mullin earned all-America honors and was the ASC's Offensive “Player of the Year.” Additionally, tight end Delfonte Diamond was elected to two all-America teams. No less than eight of his 2011 players were named to the all-ASC team on offense. The McM team broke the NCAA III single game total offense record with 863 yards versus Texas Lutheran.
In 2010, Miller guided the offensive line, which paved the way for both the No. 2 -ranked passing offense in the American Southwest Conference and the NCAA Division III. He saw Bertrick Ervin garner honorable-mention all-conference honors, and the line provided room for Austin Brooks who earned second-team all-conference honors at running back.
In his first season with McMurry in 2009, Miller helped coach an offensive line that blocked for all-conference quarterback Mullin and helped produce the No. 2 passing offense in the ASC. Miller also saw Josh Clements earn all-conference honors in 2009 in his final year with the team at center.
Miller played running back at Valdosta State under Mumme for two seasons (1994-95) and was a member of the NCAA Division II team that made the national playoffs for the first time in school history in 1994. Miller stayed on at Valdosta State as a student assistant - after suffering a career-ending knee injury - for his first coaching job in 1996. He coached the freshman team and was a part of the staff that led VSU to a 1996 Gulf South Conference Championship.
From there, he moved to the high school ranks where he served as the offensive coordinator for Valwood High School in Valdosta, Georgia. He helped resurrect a program that had gone 1-19 in the previous two seasons and guided Valwood to a playoff berth in 1998 and then a state championship in 1999. As the offensive coordinator, he coached his offense to a No. 1 state rank in total offense.
Miller then returned to the collegiate ranks at Washington and Lee University, an NCAA Division III school. There, he was the wide receivers coach in Lexington, Va. for the 2000 season and coached baseball in the spring of 2001.
Miller reunited with his old college football coach and helped Mumme start the Southeastern Louisiana University football program from scratch. The job started in 2002, as the program had a full year to recruit before competing in its first season in the NCAA Division I-AA beginning with the 2003 season. Miller coached the running backs in 2003 and moved to coach the offensive line in 2004. In 2004, he helped SE Louisiana rank No. 1 in the nation in total offense.
Mumme took Miller with him to NCAA Division I New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M. from 2005-2008 and he worked with the Aggies' offensive line all four years. He coached four all-conference linemen at NMSU including Nick Cole who has played for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles since 2006. New Mexico State also had the No. 3 offense in the country, as well, protecting quarterback Chase Holbrook (who set an NCAA sophomore passing record). Miller was promoted to the assistant head coach prior to the 2008 season with the Aggies.
Miller played his high school ball at Walton High School in Marietta, Ga., where he graduated in 1994. He graduated from Valdosta State in Georgia with a B.A. in History in 1999.
He and his wife, Megan, live in Abilene with their daughters, Madison (3) and newborn Mallory (born January 14).
"We looked at all of our options," Holmes said regarding Miller's elevation. "When you considered all of the elements that were most important to a search - a solid coach on the field, a quality individual off the field, a top recruiter and someone who could provide continuity and build on recent success - all the arrows pointed right back to Mason.
"We are excited for what he brings to the table for the War Hawks football program."
Information for this story provided by McMurry Sports Information.