Connie Miner joined the Oakland Athletics staff on Sept. 10, 2012 and brings 23 years of head coaching experience and over 500 career wins.
Under the direction of head coach Miner, the 2015 Oakland softball team, in just its second year in the Horizon League, completed one of the most successful campaigns in program history capturing a share of the program’s first regular season title and followed that by going 3-0 to claim the first Horizon League Tournament championship to advance the NCAA Regional.
Miner also earned Horizon League Coach of the Year honors while seven student-athletes earned HL post season honors including Erin Kownacki, Sara Cupp and Courtnee Johnson (First-Team), Sarah Hartley and Jackie Kisman (Second-Team), and Julia Morales and Haley Zemmer (All-Freshman Team).
In Oakland's first year of membership in the Horizon League in 2014 and just her second season at the helm of the Golden Grizzlies, Miner accumulated 16 wins and coached two all-league performers in Erika Polidori (First Team All-Horizon League) and Kaley Waalkes (All-Freshman Team).
Miner comes to Oakland after heading the softball program at UC Riverside where she was the head coach from 2004-11 and was the associate head coach from 2000-02. At UCR, Miner helped bring the program from Division II to Division I and raised close to $20,000 per season for facility improvements.
In 2002-03, Miner was an assistant coach at North Carolina where she helped the Tar Heels achieve a 40-22-1 overall record, including a berth to the 2003 NCAA Regional Championship in Fresno, Calif. Miner was in charge of the pitching staff that improved their team earned run average by two points at 1.61, 28th in the NCAA. She also tutored the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year Crystal Cox, who finished in the top three in every pitching statistic in the ACC.
Before joining the Tar Heels, Miner spent four seasons as the head coach at San Jose State (1997-00). While leading the Spartans' program she coached seven All-WAC honorees, nine All-WAC Academic selections, and in her final season she had four All-WAC selections, including the WAC Freshman of the Year.
Miner began her head coaching career at Eastern Michigan where she is the school's all-time winningest coach, posting a 269-254-2 record over nine seasons (1987-96). She led the team to a pair of runner-up finishes in the Mid-American Conference, while earning Mideast Regional Coach of the Year in 1988. Her teams collected regional rankings in 1988, '90, '91, and '94. In addition, her 1988 and '91 squads were nationally ranked. Under her tutelage, Melissa Druillard earned MAC Player of the Year in 1996. During her time at EMU, Miner had one All-American, nine Mid-East regional selections, 18 All-MAC selections and 22 Academic All-MAC selections.
A native of Long Island, Kansas, Miner earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1979. She lettered in softball for UNK from 1976-79.