NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (Titan Athletics)– Westminster College has announced the hiring of Mike Miller as the new defensive coordinator and Mike Fuhrman as the new linebackers coach for the 2018 season.
“Mike Miller’s resume speaks for itself,” said Head Football Coach Scott Benzel. “For Westminster and our coaching staff to not only get a quality football mind but also a tremendous leader of men is a blessing. I’m extremely excited to work with him to make our defense as well as our team better. Mike Fuhrman is a rising star in the coaching field. He grew up in the game with his father (Chet Fuhrman, former strength and conditioning coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers). His passion and leadership will benefit our team immediately.”
Miller, a graduate from Clarion University ’92, has 13 years of experience in the National Football League (NFL). Millers’s first job in the NFL was as an offensive assistant in 1999 with the Pittsburgh Steelers under then-head coach Bill Cowher. From there, he served as a tight ends coach with the Buffalo Bills in 2004, before moving to the desert and becoming the wide receivers coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 2007. With Arizona, Miller coached a wide receiving corps to a record-breaking year in 2008, when three of his wide receivers each surpassed 1,000 yards for the season, becoming just the fifth trio in NFL history to do so. Miller and the Cardinals reached Super Bowl XLIII that same season. Miller was then promoted to passing game coordinator in 2009, as well as the offensive coordinator in 2011. Miller’s other professional experiences include passing game coordinator/quarterbacks/wide receivers coach for the Berlin Thunder in NFL Europe in 2006 and assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Montreal Alouettes in 2013. Among the wide receivers Miller coached in 2008 was future Hall of Famer and Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald went on to have a record-breaking season, including a career-high 1,431 yards and an average of 14.9 yards per catch. Miller also coached Pro Bowler Anquan Boldin that same season, where Boldin earned 1,038 yards and caught 11 touchdowns.
Miller’s coaching background is also deeply rooted in the college ranks. Miller’s first job as a coach was as a graduate assistant/running backs coach at Division I FCS Robert Morris University in 1997. Miller returned to Robert Morris in the fall of 2006 as an assistant defensive line coach and most recently as the offensive coordinator/quarterback’s coach from 2016-17. Miller also was on Division II Edinboro University’s staff for one season in 2014. Miller earned his Master of Arts Degree in Education from Robert Morris in 1998.
Fuhrman, a graduate of Penn State University ’12, was a long snapper with the Nittany Lions under Hall of Fame Head Coach Joe Paterno and now current Houston Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien. During his time with Penn State, Fuhrman was named “Most Outstanding Walk-On” and earned the Maxwell Club Spirit Award.
Fuhrman started his career at Division II East Stroudsburg University, where he was an intern in 2012. Fuhrman then moved to the North Allegheny School District, where he served as a freshman football coach in 2013. In 2014, Fuhrman worked as an assistant coach for the Boston Brawlers of the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL). Fuhrman then joined the staff of Division II Tiffin University as a tight ends/assistant offensive line coach in March of 2015, where he helped Tiffin to an 8-3 record in 2016. Most recently, Fuhrman was an assistant offensive line coach for Robert Morris University in 2017.
Westminster opens the 2018 season on the road at No. 14 Wittenberg University on September 1 at 1 p.m.