UMass football announces Alex Miller as offensive line coach

  • UMass’ offensive line will have a new tutor this season after the Minutemen hired former All-American Alex Miller. FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 1/12/2021 7:46:48 PM

UMass added one of the football programs’ stalwarts to its coaching staff and promoted one coach Tuesday.

Alex Miller, who played for the Minutemen from 2003-06, will join Walt Bell’s assistant ranks as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach. Dan Carrel was promoted to linebackers coach after serving as a defensive analyst last season.

Miller had coached at New Hampshire since 2011 and was on Chip Kelly’s Oregon coaching staff from 2008-10. He was the Wildcats’ co-offensive coordinator for the past three years and molded their offensive line for the past nine years. He coached two All-Americans: Mike Coccia and Tad McNeely, and 14 all-Colonial Athletic Association performers. Coccia and Andrew Lauderdale earned NFL contracts after serving as Miller’s pupils.

He was an All-American center for the Minutemen and  started all 50 games of his playing career. Miller played in the 2006 FCS national championship game.

Miller is replacing Micah James, who joined Blake Anderson’s staff at Utah State as the offensive line coach in late December.

Carrel worked closely with defensive coordinator Tommy Restivo and the linebackers last season. He was an inside linebackers coach for a year at New Mexico before coming to Amherst. Carrel also spent time on the defensive staffs at Houston, Ohio State and Kentucky.

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