Associate Head Coach
Windy Thees is in her second season at Utah State after joining the staff in August, 2015. She was promoted to associate head coach at the conclusion of the 2016 season. In her position, Thees oversees the Utah State pitchers and catchers.
Thees came to Logan with 16 years of coaching experience, including 14 years as a head coach. Thees' road to Utah State featured stops at Ole Miss, Memphis and Georgia College and State.
In her first season at Utah State, Thees helped the Aggies to a 26-25 record, the best team record seen since 1996. Thees coached the USU pitchers to a 4.98 ERA. With increased depth on the staff, April Brown led the group with a 3.79 ERA, while Katie Schroeder posted the best individual record, going 7-1, including a perfect 3-0 record in conference play. Noelle Johnson threw 130.1 innings and eight complete games on the year. With five pitchers seeing time on the mound, the 2016 Aggies allowed 73 fewer hits and 86 fewer run than the year prior.
Thees joined the Aggies after three seasons as head coach at Ole Miss where she helped the team improve dramatically in several categories. The Rebels increased their win total in Thees' first two seasons and set numerous program records in 2013, including hits, walks, stolen bases and fielding percentage.
The Rebels scored 73 more runs in Thees' first year than the previous season, committed 14 fewer errors and raised the team batting average by .030. In the circle, Ole Miss pitchers lowered their team ERA from 4.64 to 4.55.
Thees arrived at Ole Miss after starting the Memphis Tigers' program from scratch in 2005 and led her squad to the school's best season in 2011 with a 36-14 record and the program's first berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers finished fourth in Conference USA in 2011 with a 15-7 mark in league play, which was the best conference record in school history. In non-conference play, Memphis knocked off eventual NCAA Tournament teams Kentucky and Stanford and reeled off a school-record 10-game winning streak.
In her six seasons as head coach at Memphis, Thees coached her players to nine all-conference awards, eight all-conference freshman team selections and three NFCA All-South Region selections. While there, Thees compiled a 172-151 (.533) overall record and guided the team to the Conference USA Tournament each of the last five years.
Thees' Memphis players also found success in the classroom with all 15 of her seniors earning their diploma. Five Tigers earned Capital One Academic all-District honors, with 15 NFCA Scholar Athlete selections and six C-USA All-Academic team selections. Thees was the 2011 C-USA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Coaches' Choice Award for fostering student-athlete development and welfare through a positive athletic and academic atmosphere among all sports.
Before her move to Memphis, Thees was the head coach and Senior Woman Administrator at Georgia College and State University (Milledgeville, Ga.) for five seasons. She led the Division II school to a runner-up finish in the 2003 Division II National Championship. Her teams set nearly every pitching, defensive and offensive record at GCSU during her years as head coach, and in doing so, helped Thees compile a record of 163-92 (.639).
Prior to her tenure at GCSU, Thees served as an assistant softball coach and wellness coordinator at Lake City Community College in Lake City, Fla., from 1998-99. LCCC was ranked No. 1 in the national poll during both the 1998 and 1999 seasons and placed second at the JUCO National Championships in 1999.
Thees was a four-year starter at both catcher and second base at Florida State from 1993-97, leading the Seminoles to three ACC Championships. She earned her bachelor's degree in marketing and multinational business from Florida State in 1997 and a master's degree in business administration from GCSU in 2002.
A native of Mesa, Ariz., Thees has twin daughters, Megan Jo and Alexandria (14).
Nate Miller is in his first season as an assistant coach at Utah State after joining the staff in July, 2016. In his position, Miller will oversee the Aggie infield and assist with hitting coaching.
Before coming to Utah State, Miller spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Mountain West rival Boise State. In his time with the Broncos, Miller coached four players to all-Mountain West accolades, including the 2016 Freshman of the Year, Rebekah Cervantes. Cervantes also went on to be named to the all-Pacific Region Third Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Prior to coaching at Boise State, Miller was at Dixie State, where he spent three seasons as an assistant coach. During his three seasons in St. George, the Red Storm went 129-37, shared two PacWest titles and made three NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. In 2014, Dixie State ended the year in a third-place finish at the Division II Women's College World Series.
At Dixie State, Miller served primarily as the program's hitting and infield coach. Under his tutelage, the Red Storm offense finished second among all Division II teams with a .365 team batting average in 2014. The team ranked in the top 10 nationally in three additional offensive categories, ranking eighth in on-base percentage (.426) and doubles per game (1.90), while ranking 10th in scoring (6.97 rpg). Defensively, the Red Storm set a program record with 32 double plays, an average of 0.52 per game, good for eighth nationally. That season, Miller coached two infielders to collect NFCA All-America Second-Team honors in 2014, while an outfielder earned a spot on the Daktronics All-America Second Team.
Miller played baseball at Irvine Valley College (Calif.) after prepping at Northridge High School in Layton, Utah. He then served an LDS Church mission to Des Moines, Iowa, returning to begin his coaching career. Miller began his coaching career at the prep level, serving as an assistant baseball coach at Clearfield (Utah) High School and Syracuse (Utah) High School from 2008-10. He then served as head coach of the Adidas Futures Team from New Jersey in 2011 before joining the Dixie State staff.
Miller graduated from Dixie State in 2014 with a degree in communications. He is currently pursuing a master's degree from Concordia. Miller is married to Brittnie Whipple Miller, who pitched for Dixie State from 2008-11. They have two sons, Tatem (4) and Swayze (2).