Belmont Abbey College President Dr. William Thierfelder announced the appointment of men’s basketball coach Stephen Miss to the position of Director of Athletics on August 29, 2012.
Beginning his third year as Athletic Director, leads a department that has ascended to unprecedented growth in the College’s history, one that has added nine sports in the last eight years. He has also steered a program that saw five programs-the women's cross country team, the women's basketball team and the men's tennis and men’s lacrosse teams, the most of any in Conference Carolinas-recognized by Conference Carolinas with the Messick Award for displaying the best sportsmanship. The Crusaders have won the award each of the past three years.
Spending seven years as the Crusaders Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Miss guided the Abbey to a mark of 113-87 including a 20-win season during the 2008-09 campaign, the program's first 20-win season since 2002-03. He led the Abbey to a Conference Carolinas title in 2013, the program's first in ten years.
Under Miss's tutelage, guard Richard Barbee (2008-11) ended his career as the program's fourth all-time leading scorer, netting 2,018 points, the first Crusader to eclipse the 2,000 point mark in 22 years. During Miss’s tenure, five players have scored over 1,000 points, three have signed professional contracts and two were invited to NBA pre-draft workouts with the Charlotte Hornets.
Miss has coached 11 academic all-conference and ten were named all-conference in his five years, with a 100 percent graduation rate among his players.
Prior to joining the Abbey, Miss served one season as an assistant coach at Towson University during the 2003-04 season. That year, the Tigers doubled the previous seasons win total and recorded the program’s first ever Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference tournament victory. From 1998 until 2003, Stephen was an assistant at the University of Georgia, beginning as a graduate student assistant and eventually becoming administrative assistant for the Bulldogs. While Stephen was on staff at Georgia, the Bulldogs won the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Eastern Division title in 2002, made post-season appearances in the 2001 and 2002 NCAA Tournaments as well as in the 1999 NIT, and were ranked among the top 25 teams in the country for the last 10 weeks of the 2002-03 campaign.
In addition to lottery pick Jarvis Hayes (Washington
Wizards), first-rounder Jumaine Jones (Los Angeles Lakers),
second-rounder Rashad Wright, and free agent Damien Wilkins
(Seattle SuperSonics), Miss aided in the development of 12 players
who went on to play professional basketball at Towson and
Miss received his Bachelors Degree from the University of North Carolina in 1992 and holds two Masters Degrees, one in English (1996) from the University of Georgia and one in Irish Theatre (1997) from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
Miss and his wife, Angela (Chair of the English Department and Director of the Rhetoric and Writing Program at Belmont Abbey College) were married in 2003 and reside in Belmont. The couple has two children, Abigail Grace, born November of 2004, and a son, Stephen Patrick Mitchell, born January of 2007.