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. Since taking the program's lead, Milliken has coached Spartan student-athletes to a combined 12 individual and three relay NCAA All-American finishes, and he has twice headed a University Athletic Association Coaching Staff of the Year.
In 2019-20, five Spartan women qualified for the 2020 NCAA Championships. The women posted a 7-2 dual meet record and broke three school records, while the men went 6-2 in dual meets and set five new school records. In addition, the Spartan women finished the fall semester with a team grade point average of 3.63, the 10th-highest among NCAA Division III teams recognized. The CWRU men recorded a 3.39 GPA during the semester, en route to earning the honor.
During the 2018-19 campaign, senior Suhan Mestha claimed an individual All-America honor at the 2019 NCAA Championships. In addition, Mestha earned All-UAA honors in both the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard freestyle at the annual conference meet. The Spartan men went 8-2 in dual meets, while one school record fel during the campaign.
The 2017-18 Spartan women saw four members earn All-America accolades in one individual event and the 200-yard medley relay. In addition, seven school records fell during the campaign. Meanwhile, the men went 8-2 in dual meets, while one school record fell during the campaign.
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 10 seasons.
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.
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.
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. Milliken is 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.
Millikin and his wife, Shannon, reside in Highland Heights with their son, Roman.
- UAA Men's Coaching Staff of the Year (2011 and 2012)
- 45 school records (27 men/18 women)
- 89-17-1 dual match record (men) / 72-39-1 dual match record (women)
- 2012 UAA Championship (men - third place, tied for best in school history)
- Nine-Time CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Award (men 2011-19)
- Nine-Time CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Award (women 2011-19)