Last Updated: Thu Oct 05, 2023 - 1:02AM
A couple of years ago, Derry Area athletic director Brett Miller was finishing his MBA at nearby Seton Hill University, and the school made a lasting impression on him. Beginning next month, he will return to Seton Hill, as he was hired as part of the institutional advancement staff. Miller tendered his resignation from the Trojans AD position last week, effective Oct. 27.
“Leaving Derry Area has been a difficult decision for me,” Miller stated. “I've built many outstanding relationships and friendships with staff and community members. Many have become like family.
“When the Major Gifts Officer position opened at SHU, I decided to apply because the University supported my goals and development as a professional while I was a student,” he added, highlighting his meetings with staff and the school’s president, Dr. Mary Finger. “I knew I wanted to be part of Seton Hill's mission and that I could be successful.”
Miller joined Derry Area after serving as AD at Ligonier Valley for four years. Miller, who also was the transportation director for Derry Area, mentioned several aspects of his tenure that he’ll fondly remember.
“It's hard to identify one moment or accomplishment that I am most proud of. But there are many moments and experiences that I will never forget,” he detailed. “One was when our football team played at Heinz Field in the WPIAL Championship. I will never forget arriving at the stadium and seeing the lots full of people wearing blue and gold, but the most humbling moment was standing on the sideline and looking back at the stands and seeing the number of fans supporting Derry Area.”
Additionally, Miller was instrumental in the development of the inaugural Derry Area Hall of Fame, which inducted 13 members over the weekend. The hall was in the works for more than a year, and the Trojan’s Spear – the alumni association which Miller also helped form - was at the heart of the efforts.
“The Hall of Fame is a prime example of the type of people that Derry produces,” Miller noted. “It is time to recognize these remarkable people so that they can serve as inspiration for current students, and their stories will serve as a positive catalyst in our students’ journey and development.”
Miller also indicated that his desire to spend more time with his family – wife Sara and young daughter Ella – was a key factor in his decision.