Miller to step into head-coaching role at St. Anne’s-Belfield

Courtesy St. Anne’s-Belfield School

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St. Anne’s-Belfield is thrilled to announce that NFL champion and Pittsburgh Steelers star Heath Miller will be the acting head coach for Saints Football in the 2024-25 season.

Miller succeeds Joe Sandoe, who departs at the end of June to return to Greater Atlanta Christian School, where he previously held the position of assistant head football coach.

Says Coach Miller, “I’m looking forward to leading the Saints Football program for the 2024 season. I hope to build off of the solid foundation that Coach Sandoe has worked tirelessly to build. It’s my goal to field a team that models the proper values on the field and off.”

Considered one of the greatest tight ends in Steelers history, Miller played for 11 seasons after being drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2005 draft. He was a key part of their Super Bowl XL and XLIII championship teams and was named MVP in 2012.

Miller and his wife, Katie, have strong ties to the community as both are alumni of the University of Virginia. Their four children attend St. Anne’s-Belfield.

“This is an invaluable experience for our football players to be coached by someone who has played the sport at the highest level,” says Head of School Autumn A. Graves. “And while many will focus on his impressive stats as one of the Steelers’ most renowned players, I know what is most meaningful to Heath as a parent at our School is that he will have the opportunity to model excellent leadership, teamwork, and character development for the future generation.”

“We are excited for the passion and football experience that Heath will bring to our football program,” says Director of Athletics Seth Kushkin. “And we are grateful to Joe for his wonderful leadership, tireless work, and passion he brought to our program.”

In the 2023 football season, Coach Sandoe led the team to a 6-3 record, with 11 players named to the All-State team, five players named to the All-Central VA team, and multiple players going on to play college football.