“Coach” J David Miller - Founder
Coachella Sports and Entertainment Stadium Authority
The SoCal Coyotes Non-Profit Sports Leadership Organization
Sustained excellence is a career staple for “Coach” J David Miller, a Hall of Fame coach, best-selling author, minister, producer and award-winning marketing/communications strategist.
Currently, Miller is Chairman of Coachella Sports & Entertainment Stadium Authority and the visionary behind The Shield at 1 Coyote Way, a planned multi-use125-acre, faith, medical, sports and entertainment campus in Palm Desert that includes an indoor stadium. To develop what Miller calls “a centrifuge of faith, hope and redemption,” CSESA partnered with the renowned H.N. and Francis C. Berger Foundation, and is under contract to build the project on 125 acres of I-10 frontage surrounding The Classic Club, former home to the PGA’s Bob Hope Classic.
Since 2012, Miller is also a three-time Coach of the Year for the Palm Springs-based SoCal Coyotes, a non-profit leadership and ministry organization that NFL executives named ‘America’s #1 Developmental Pro Football Program.’
The Coyotes’ 50,000 online followers are a direct result of three undefeated seasons, eight title appearances and six championships since 2012. The AAA Football Hall of Fame made Miller a unanimous induction for his ‘ongoing 30-year contribution as an author, administrator and coach.’ Off the field, “Coach” authored the Coyotes’ award-winning ‘Above the Line,’ leadership program, which impacts more than 50,000 youth annually through the team’s camps, clinics and symposiums.
A recipient of the coveted New York Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award for Journalism Excellence, Miller is widely known for his 13 books, which include collaborations with numerous NFL coaches and players, notably the iconic Jerry Glanville and NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion Hank Stram. Others include ‘Third and Long’ with former Cardinals' All-Pro QB Neil Lomax, and ‘Hawaii Warrior Football: A Story of Faith, Hope and Redemption,’ with former Hawaii, SMU and NFL head coach June Jones.
Miller began his career at SPORT in New York, then the nation’s largest monthly magazine with over 1.5 million subscribers. His 13 cover stories were the most by any writer in the storied 50-year history of the publication, and he landed news-breaking interviews with future Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Marcus Allen, John Elway and Warren Moon.
A winner of a National Addy from the American Advertising Awards, Miller has engineered national marketing campaigns for notable clients and companies. He conceived, wrote, co-directed and produced three national direct-response campaigns, including one with NFL Legend and Hall-of-Famer Mike Ditka; another with Dr. Robert Voy, former Chief Medical Officer of the United States Olympic Committee; former CNN anchor Bella Shaw; and hosted two long-form shows on Smart Heart and the five-time World Champion Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.
Miller also served the Tampa Bay Storm as Senior Vice President under Hall of Fame head coach Tim Marcum, culminating in the 2004 Arena Football League championship. His passion for Arena football dates back to the league’s inception, when he played 1987-89 for the Pittsburgh Gladiators under Oregon Hall of Fame’s Mouse Davis and Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Famer Joe Hearing.
The father of four precocious daughters, Miller is married to the former Laurie Beth Ross. Their family has attended The Bridge Calvary Chapel since 2013, where Miller serves as an elder and is a frequent speaker.