Former Northern State men's basketball player and Mitchell native Ryan Miller will be an assistant coach for the University of Missouri this season.
Miller joins the Mizzou coaching staff after serving the last five years as an assistant coach at New Mexico, where the Lobos went 126-46 overall - marking the school's most successful five-year span in history.
With the Lobos, Miller handled all aspects of coaching, and one of his main responsibilities was advance scouting and game preparation. Miller's in-depth scouting reports and use of technology enhanced New Mexico's reputation as one of the most prepared teams in the nation. Miller's scouting and pre-game prep helped the Lobos to 38 road wins over the last five years, including a school-record 14 wins away from home in 2011-12.
We're very fortunate to have someone of Ryan's caliber join our program, Missouri coach Frank Haith said. I think he's the total package, he's an outstanding, proven recruiter, and an outstanding coach who is a great teacher and skill development guy. He's certainly got an impressive pedigree, just look at what he's been part of at New Mexico under Coach (Steve) Alford, and Coach (John) Calipari at Kentucky. He's played professionally, so he has that experience to draw on, and he has a lot of important contacts in this part of the country from a recruiting perspective. Ryan will be a great addition to our staff.
Along with in-game coaching and scouting, Miller worked with New Mexico's guards, and is also considered one of the top recruiters in the nation. Miller's contacts range throughout the United States, to foreign countries such as Australia, where he once played.
Miller was a basketball operations assistant at Memphis under head coach John Calipari from 2004-06. During his three years at Memphis, the Tigers compiled a 78-28 (.736) record and made three postseason tournament appearances, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament.
I'm excited to have this kind of opportunity to work for a university like Missouri, Miller said. Coach Haith is obviously a great coach, and I'm grateful to him, and to Mike Alden and his administration for asking me to be a part of it. I'm looking forward to continuing to help build Mizzou's program on and off the court, and be part of the transition into the SEC.
Miller is 10th on Northern State's all-time scoring list after guiding his teams to four straight conference championships and the 1998 regional title. Miller was a Division II All-American following the 1997-98 season. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in physical education. Miller is the older brother of Miami Heat sharpshooter Mike Miller.