The Seward County Community College volleyball program and Head Coach Bert Luallen have announced the hiring of Alana Miller as the assistant volleyball coach. The hiring of Miller comes two months before the start of the 2006 volleyball season, where Luallen will begin his second year as the Lady Saints head coach. Miller experienced junior college coaching success as an assistant coach at Seminole State College (Seminole, Okla.) where in two years the Lady Trojans posted a 61-28 overall record, with a 9th place finish at the 2004 NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament.

Alana Miller (soon to be Alana Rowland following her wedding in August) began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Seminole State in 2003, when the Lady Trojans finished in third place in the Bi-State Conference and the Region II Tournament with a 27-19 overall record. In 2004, Miller helped guide Seminole State J.C. to a 9th place finish at the National Tournament with a 34-9 overall record including a Bi-State Conference Championship and Region II Tournament Championship.

In two seasons at Seminole, Miller proved to be an asset for the Lady Trojans with her on-the-court coaching, recruiting, and knowledge of strength and conditioning. Millerís coaching tenure at Seminole included mentoring five All-Region II selections, one NJCAA Second Team All-American (2004- Juliana Abreu), and four NJCAA Academic All-Americanís.

Miller began her collegiate career as a two-sport star playing both volleyball and softball at Dodge City Community College (1998-2000). Miller was a Jayhawk West All-Conference and All-Region VI performer in both sports in 1999 & 2000. Miller led the Lady Conqís volleyball program to a fourth place finish at the Region VI Tournament in 1999. In softball, Miller was a standout performer for Dodge City in 2000 when they won the Jayhawk West Conference, Region VI Tournament, and placed fourth at the NJCAA National Softball Tournament. Miller then transferred to Fort Lewis College (Durango, Colo.) where she played one season for the Lady Skyhawks in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).

In 2002, Miller graduated from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, N.M.) earning a Bachelorís of University Studies, emphasizing in Pre-Sports Administration. Miller then graduated with a Masterís Degree in Secondary Education/Sports Administration from East Central University, in Ada, Okla. Miller is originally from Farmington, N.M., where she graduated from Farmington H.S. in 1998.

In addition, Miller is a member of USA Volleyball and has a membership with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Miller and her fiancť Chris Rowland, are planning an August wedding in Farmington.