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Kamloops, BC (ISN) – Victoria Eagle pitcher Brendan Miller has signed a letter of commital to attend Thompson Rivers University in the fall and will pitch for the WolfPack.

Looking to fill a couple of holes in his pitching staff, Thompson Rivers University WolfPack baseball coach Ray Chadwick is pleased to announce the first of his 2012-13 recruits. Chadwick has gone to Victoria to secure the services of right handed pitcher Brendan Miller of Lambrick Park Secondary and the Victoria Eagles.

“I’m really excited about coming to TRU,” says Miller, who excels at both baseball and basketball. ” I have been to Kamloops a lot for sports-related activities and it seems like a great area in which to continue my education.”

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Victoria Eagle Brendan Miller will be throwing for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack in the fall (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

He will be taking courses designed to give him a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in the future at TRU. Miller was also considering Douglas and Camosun Colleges before deciding on Thompson Rivers.

The 6’4″ Miller was co-captain of the Lambrick Lions senior boys basketball team. He started at small forward as they came ninth at the BC “AA” championships held at the Tournament Capital Centre. He is playing for the Victoria Senior Premier Eagles in the BCPBL. Through 21 games, he has 32.1 innings pitched, an earned run average of 2.17 with 23 strikeouts and eight walks.

Miller has played in the Premier baseball league the past two years and played for Team BC from 2009-11 at the Arizona Fall Classic. In 2008, he participated in the Pacific Northwest Tournament in Portland, Oregon.

“My main strengths are being able to effectively keep hitters off balance,” he says. ” I think I also stay composed on the mound throughout the game. I’m hoping as a freshman, I can earn enough innings through my performance and help the team win ball games.”

His coach for the last four years is Gautam Srivastava, who is also the former coach of current WolfPack players Alex Condon and Max Newton. ” Brendan is a fierce competitor who possesses the same work ethic as the other two.”

Srivastava thinks with Miller’s improvement in core strength will result in him having improved velocity on the mound. He is happy that he chose Thompson Rivers to continue his academic and athletic career. ” Brendan is a good fit to play for Ray (Chadwick). I have known him for years and I know Ray will help Brendan become the best pitcher he can be.”

Srivastava is the current coach of the Team BC Selects and is a former player at Briar Cliff University in Iowa. (NAIA).

Says Chadwick: “Brendan is a great athlete. He throws strikes with 3 different pitches and will compete for a spot in the rotation come September.”

The WolfPack have their fall training camp set for early September. The pitching staff has lost two players: CCBC First Team all-star Denver Wynn (Kamloops, BC) and Mike Juarez (Calgary, AB) to graduation.