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Converse University

Converse College Athletics
580 East Main Street Spartanburg, SC 29302
Division 2 South Carolina Southeast
Private Small Competitive team

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Rob Miller

Rob Miller was named head coach for the inaugural men's soccer program set to begin in the fall of 2021.


Coaching Highlights


291-180-35 (25-year coaching record)


7 All-Americans


19 All-Region Selections


2 Southeast Region Players of the Year


72 All-Conference Selections


Coached AAC Offensive Player of the Year Winner


Coached AAC Player of the Year


Coached 2 SAC Players of the Year


Coach Conference Carolinas Offensive Player of the Year


Coached 2 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year


10 different Coach of the Year Awards


Miller coached the second-year Valkyries to a 13-1-5 overall record, Conference Carolinas Regular Season Champions and Conference Championship in 2022. Converse secured a berth to the NCAA Super Region II round of the NCAA Tournament, the first team to do so in Converse history.


In his first season at Converse, Miller coached the Valkyries to an 8-8-2 regular season record in their first season. Miller led the Valkyries to their first postseason birth in 2021 with a trip to the opening round of the Conference Carolinas Championship Tournament.


Prior to accepting the position at Converse, Miller spent fives seasons as the head coach at Truett McConnell University. Miller has a career record of 240-170-28 in his twenty-three years of coaching, and during that time, he coached a total of seven All-American, seventeen All-Region and sixty-two All-Conference Team Players. The program at Truett McConnell reached new heights under Miller, with the most-noted being winning the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament in 2017, an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament and finishing 22 in the nation. Numerous individual awards were won by Miller’s student-athletes including AAC Offensive Player of the Year (2016), AAC Player of the Year (2017), NAIA All-American (2017), and a total of ten All-Conference Players.


Miller has numerous years of impressive collegiate coaching experience, including serving as head soccer coach at NCAA Division II Anderson University from 2002-2012. While at Anderson, Miller coached his teams to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, as well as reaching the sweet 16 twice. His teams finished 14th, 17th, and 25th in the nation. His teams amassed nine total conference tournament appearances, and they were named South Atlantic Conference regular season champions in 2011, as well as tournament champions in 2011, 2010 and a runner-up in 2009. Honors earned by Miller’s student-athletes included South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year (2011), two Southeast Region Players of the Year (2010 and 2011), two South Atlantic Conference Players of the Year (2010 and 2011), and two Conference Carolinas Freshmen of the Year (2005 and 2008).


Prior to Anderson, Miller served as the head coach at the University of the Cumberlands from 1995-2001 where his teams were named Mid-South Conference Tournament Champions in 1996 and Mid-South Conference Champions in 1998 and 2000.


Miller was named Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year three times (1996, 1998, 2000). During his coaching career, he has received regional awards such as Central Kentucky Conference Coach of the Year (1992), 27th District Coach of the Year (1993), Region Coach of the Year (1998), and Kentucky State Coach of the Year (2000). His most recent honor was as Conference Carolinas Coach of Year (2008), which is awarded annually to the top coach in each sport among the twelve private colleges and universities within Conference Carolinas.


In addition to his experience as a head coach at the collegiate level, Miller has also coached All-Star teams and helped develop Olympic athletes. He served as the U.S. All-Star Team head coach in the Outback Games in Darwin, Australia, in 2003. Miller was a member of the Kentucky Olympic Development Program staff from 1996-2000 and the Olympic Development Program Head Coach for the England Tour in 2004. He also served as a member of the South Carolina Olympic Development Program Staff from 2004-2006. Additionally, Miller has coached professionally in the United States Soccer League (USL) where he coached two organizations: the Lexington (KY) Bandits and the Greenville (SC) Lions. He has had several players go on to play in Major League Soccer (MLS).


Miller attended Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. While at Olivet Nazarene, Miller was four-year varsity starter for the men’s soccer program. While serving as team captain there in 1989, he was named to the first-team Chicagoland-Conference team and the First Team District 20 team.

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Stephon Williams

Stephon Williams is going into his third season as the Converse men’s soccer coach and his tenth year overall coaching. In his first season at Converse, Williams helped coach the Valkyries to an 8-8-2 regular season along with assisting the team to a postseason birth in the first round of the 2021 Conference Carolinas Championship Tournament. Williams was also a volunteer assistant coach for the women’s soccer team here at Converse during the 2020 season.


Prior to Converse, Williams was the assistant men’s soccer coach at Truett McConnell University from the spring of 2019 to the fall of 2020. While in this position, Williams prepared, planned, conducted and evaluated practice sessions tailored to team needs, prepared scouting reports, recruited domestic and international prospective student-athletes and facilitated academic monitoring of student-athletes.


Before Truett McConnell, Williams was the men’s soccer graduate assistant at the University of Pikeville where he helped develop the program’s first 2x All-Conference Selection Goalkeeper, trained and developed all keepers and assisted in the recruitment of all domestic prospective student-athletes.


Williams has spent many years at the club level, holding various positions at many different clubs. He severed as a head coach for the girls U16 and U17 teams at Carolina Elite Soccer Academy from 2020-2022, Director of Camps/Clinics & Juniors Program at the Rochester Futbol Club from 2016-2017, head coach of the girls U12, U14 and U16 teams at the Rochester Futbol Club from 2016-2017 and was the head academy coach for the boys U14 team at Club Sando FC in San Fernando, Trinidad in 2010.


Williams has served as a site supervisor for the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship, Talent Identification Trinidad & Tobago YWNT and a Development Staff Coach and Summer Staff Coach in Trinidad and Tobago.


Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Williams came to the United States to play soccer for Truett McConnell as a defender from 2012-2015. Williams was a 3x All-Conference selection for the Bears.

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David Windmiller

David Windmiller, originally from Sautee, Georgia, joined the coaching staff for men's and women's soccer following a two-year run as the men's team's goalkeeper. A 2023 alum of Converse University, he was the first to suit up in a goalkeeper's kit for the Converse University men's soccer team.


Windmiller has previous coaching experience at Tallulah Falls School in northwest Georgia where he served as the goalkeepers' coach during the 2021 season. His starting keeper at Tallulah Falls earned first team all-region honors.


In two seasons in the box for the Valkyries, Windmiller played a complete game in 36 of 38 total contests. The Valkyries won the two games in which he did not spend the full game time in the box by a combined score of 12-2. Windmiller was First Team All-Conference Carolinas following his fifth-year season in 2022. In 1,674 minutes in the box, Windmiller achieved a goals allowed average of 0.84 and held a 13-1-5 record. He ranked first in shutouts, shutouts per game, save percentage and goals against average. He was sixth in saves and ninth in saves per game.


Windmiller was named the Conference Carolinas Player of the Week on Nov. 2, 2021 and earned Converse Athlete of the Month honors in November 2022. He was the 2022 Conference Carolinas Tournament MVP.

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