Doug Milliken
Doug Milliken
Title: Head Swim & Dive Coach/ Assistant Athletic Director for Student Athlete Development
Phone: 216-368-4652

Doug Milliken was named the Head Coach of the Case Western Reserve University swimming and diving programs prior to the start of the 2010-11 campaign.  In May of 2017, he was named the Assistant Athletic Director for Student Athlete Development, in addition to his responsibilities with the Swimming and Diving team.

In his role as Assistant Athletic Director for Student Athlete Development, Milliken will continue to serve as the advisor for the CWRU Association of Student Athletes, while also serving as a liason for compliance, the registrar's office, the career center, and other organizations across campus.  

As the head coach of the swimming and diving team, he has coached Spartan student-athletes to a combined 10 individual and two relay NCAA All-American finishes, and he has twice headed a University Athletic Association Coaching Staff of the Year. Milliken led the 2016-17 Spartans to dual-meet records of 8-2 on both the men's and women's side. Junior Drew Hamilton claimed two All-America honors at the 2017 NCAA Championships. In addition, the Spartan men finished the spring semester with a team grade point average of 3.61, the fifth highest among the NCAA Division III teams recognized, and highest mark among UAA programs. The CWRU women recorded a 3.58 GPA during the semester, en route to earning the honor. 

The 2015-16 Spartan men saw five members earn All-America accolades in two individual events and the 800-yard freestyle relay for the second-straight season.  In addition, eight school records fell during the campaign, and the Spartans won the UAA Championship in the 800-yard freestyle relay, the first conference relay title in the program's history.  Meanwhile, the women went a program-best 10-1-1 in dual meets, while four records fell during the campaign.  

Milliken led the 2014-15 Spartans to dual-meet records of 8-1 on the men's side and 5-4 on the women's side, while mentoring UAA Rookie of the Year Drew Hamilton.  Four Spartans claimed All-America honors at the 2015 NCAA Championships.

In 2013-14, the Spartan men (8-2) set nine schools records and won a fourth consecutive team title at the Wooster Invitational. Senior Sean Nickley became the program’s first men’s All-American since 2009, and classmate Heath Hudgins earned CWRU’s Bill Sudeck Outstanding Student-Athlete Award. The Spartan women (6-4) broke five school records, and senior Maggie Dillione earned the third and fourth All-American finishes of her career. Third in the nation in the 200 fly, Dillione was also named CWRU’s Glenn and Peggy Nicholls Female Athlete of the Year.

During both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, he and his assistants were tabbed as the UAA Men's Coaching Staff of the Year. The second award came after the Spartan men matched the best UAA Championship finish in program history, finishing third at the conference championship meet.

In addition to their success in the pool under Milliken, the Spartans have earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honors during each of his seven seasons.

Milliken’s pre-CWRU resume includes 11 years of coaching and administrative experience at the collegiate level. In 2009-10, he helped the University of Chicago women and men to respective second- and third-place finishes at the UAA Championship, marking the best performances for each team in school history. For his efforts, he was named as a member of the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. During his time at Chicago, the programs combined to produce eight All-Americans and 35 All-UAA selections.

Prior to his time at Chicago, Milliken served as athletic recruiting coordinator at North Park University (Ill.) from 2004-06 and as an assistant men’s and women’s swim coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Ind.) from 2002-04. Milliken got his start in coaching at his alma mater, DePauw University (Ind.), where he spent three years as a student assistant.

He graduated from DePauw in 2001 and received his bachelor’s degree in communications. He later earned a master’s degree in recreation and sport management from Indiana State University in 2004.

Millikin and his wife, Shannon, reside in Highland Heights with their son, Roman.

Milliken Highlights

  • UAA Men's Coaching Staff of the Year (2011 and 2012)
  • 32 school records (20 men/12 women)
  • 67-11-1 dual match record (men) / 46-33-1 dual match record (women)
  • 2012 UAA Championship (men - third place, tied for best in school history)
  • Seven-Time CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Award (men 2011-17)
  • Seven-Time CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Award (women 2011-17)