|Title:||Head Football Coach|
Frank Miriello served as W&L's head football coach for 17 seasons. He led the Generals to a pair of conference championships and a .500 or better record in 12 of his 17 years. He finished as the program's all-time winningest coach with a 90-79-1 overall record.
A five-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honoree, Miriello steered the Generals to two of the three postseason berths in school history, including both NCAA Tournament appearances. He has also mentored his athletes to 61 first team all-conference citations.
The last eight seasons were among the best in the history of the program. During that time, Miriello led W&L to a 50-31 overall record and a 31-17 record in conference play. His 2011 team finished 8-2 overall, while his 2010 team went 8-3 overall, won the ODAC title and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament. He was named the ODAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Generals to their best season in 39 years.
Miriello's 2006 team posted a 7-4 overall record and won the program's first conference title in 21 years while making the first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. He was named the ODAC Coach of the Year, AFCA Region Coach of the Year and Sportexe Division III Coach of the Year for his efforts.
The 2006 season followed a 7-3 record in 2005 and a 6-4 mark in 2004. Miriello earned his third ODAC Coach of the Year award in 2004 after leading a Generals’ squad that was picked to finish in a last place tie to a 6-4 overall record and third-place showing in the conference standings. He also earned the award in 1996 when he led an inexperienced team to a 5-5 overall record. His second award came following the 2001 season when he guided the Generals to a tie for second place in the conference.
Miriello’s inaugural season in 1995 was the best for a first-year coach at W&L since 1922 when James DeHart led the team to an identical 5-3-1 mark.
Prior to becoming the head coach, Miriello was the defensive coordinator for former W&L coach Gary Fallon, who was the program's winningest coach until the 2010 season.
Miriello has been involved in coaching football for more than 40 years, including head coaching duties at four Pennsylvania high schools: Southern Columbia (1972-75), Warrior Run High School (1975-77), Steelton High (1985) and Mercersburg Academy (1986-89). He has also served as a college coach at W&L, Hampden-Sydney, VMI and now at Coastal Carolina.
Miriello began his college coaching career at W&L in 1978 as a member of Fallon’s first staff. He coached the offensive line and remained on staff for four years, helping W&L to its first ODAC title in 1981.
Miriello moved to ODAC-rival Hampden-Sydney for the 1982 season as defensive coordinator and helped the Tigers to the ODAC championship. He then came back to Lexington to work at VMI. Miriello served on the Keydets’ staff for two years coaching linebackers and defensive ends and running the conditioning program.
After one year as the head coach at Steelton (Pa.) High, he became the head football coach, head lacrosse coach and physical education department chairman at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pa., in 1986. At Mercersburg he compiled one of the best four-year records in football at the boarding school, including a 7-1 mark in 1988 that was the best at the school since 1924 and the first winning season at the school in nearly a quarter of a century. His final lacrosse team in 1990 went 8-3.
Miriello then rejoined the W&L staff in the summer of 1990 as an assistant football and lacrosse coach. In 1991, he was named defensive coordinator and he developed W&L into one of the top defenses in the ODAC.
Miriello is a 1967 graduate of East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University where he was a three-year starter in the defensive backfield. Miriello helped East Stroudsburg to two conference championships and earned all-conference honors his senior year while serving as a co-captain. He was named East Stroudsburg’s Scholar-Athlete for the 1966-67 school year.
Miriello also had a stellar career at Kulpmont Area High School in Pennsylvania. He served as a co-captain for the football, basketball and baseball teams. In football he was a three-year starter and an honorable mention all-state selection at running back by UPI his senior year. He was inducted into Kulpmont’s Hall of Fame in 1991.
Miriello and his wife, Dee, have a son, T.D.
MIRIELLO YEAR-BY-YEAR AT W&L
|1996||5-5||ODAC Coach of the Year
|2001||5-5||ODAC Coach of the Year|
|2004||6-4||ODAC Coach of the Year|
|2006||7-4||ODAC Champions, NCAA First Round, ODAC Coach of the Year, DIII Coach of the Year|
|2010||8-3||ODAC Champions, NCAA First Round, ODAC Coach of the Year|
||2 ODAC Titles, 2 NCAA Bids, 5 ODAC Coach of the Year Awards|