As an ND alum and someone who has worked with and talked to Coach Millar in a variety of capacities I believe it was the right time for him after 19 years at ND. He does have a distance pedigree of his own (mentioned the fact above that he was a sub 4 minute miler and his wife also a solid distance runner) and their son James is doing well working out East after graduating from ND in 2008. Coach Millar had his eyes on a few openings in the past 3 years (hence the reason he was made associate head coach at ND) but now with no other ties to South Bend this makes sense. Wake Forest sounds like a good situation. Never underestimate what good weather (compared to South Bend) will do for a golf fanatic.
While the money has always gone towards the distance runners at ND, he did a nice job with the sprint/hurdle crew. Keep in mind he had to deal with very difficult admission standards and couldn't recruit from the same pool many schools can. Also, Charlie Weis did not allow football players to run track, whereas at the beginning of his careeer at ND Lou Holtz and Bob Davie did and hence Millar had the opportunity to work with some elite ND football athletes many of whom are still school record holders...Rocket Ismail, Bobby Brown, etc. ND has also changed strengthy coaches several times in the last five years due to football staff changes and I believe that inconsistency was frustrating to work with. Furthermore, he organized the Meyo and Wilson indoor meets and always ran a good show at these events. Coach Millar is very easy going and business like and has a great level of technical knowledge in the hurdles. He will be sorely missed in South Bend. Big shoes to fill indeed.