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Softball coach Blake Miller resigns

<p>Blake Miller went&nbsp;42-116 in three seasons as head coach of the softball team.</p>

Blake Miller went 42-116 in three seasons as head coach of the softball team.

Blake Miller has resigned as head coach of the Virginia softball team, athletics director Craig Littlepage announced Thursday. Miller, who was named coach June 18, 2013, compiled a 42-116 record – including a 12-59 conference mark – during his three-year stint in Charlottesville.

“I would like to thank Blake for his efforts over the last three seasons at U.Va.,” Littlepage said. “While the program showed improvement, I believe a change is necessary for Virginia softball to be in a position to be competitive, first in the conference and then on the national stage.”

Miller took over a team that went 21-28 in 2013. Former coach Eileen Schmidt resigned following the 2013 season after six years on the job.

Miller, a former shortstop for North Carolina-Pembroke, came to Virginia after three seasons as the top assistant at Oregon. Under his guidance, the Ducks advanced to three-consecutive NCAA Super Regionals and the 2012 Women’s College World Series.

Virginia improved each year under Miller, going 8-43, 16-40 and 18-33 in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively. Still, the team’s 7-14 ACC record in 2016 was only good for ninth place in the 11-team conference. Virginia had the lowest overall winning percentage of any team in the ACC.

Three Cavaliers were named to the ACC All-Academic team during Miller’s tenure. Sophomore Allison Davis — who is both an outfielder and a pitcher — received Second Team All-ACC honors in 2016.