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Three days after announcing the departure of Brad Stevens to the NBA's Boston Celtics, Butler University has named a new men's basketball head coach. Former assistant Brandon Miller, a 2003 Butler graduate, will take the helm of the program. He previously worked at the University of Illinois, Xavier University and Ohio State University. July 6, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – Butler University has named Brandon Miller '03 as head coach of the school's men's basketball team. Miller, a former Butler point guard and assistant coach, replaces Brad Stevens, who left Butler to become head coach of the Boston Celtics.
"I am extremely pleased to announce that former Butler University men's basketball player and assistant coach Brandon Miller '03 has been appointed as head coach of the Butler men's basketball team, effective immediately," Butler University Vice President and Director of Athletics Barry Collier said.
"I am confident that Brandon will carry on the Butler University basketball tradition of excellence, especially as we make the transition to the Big East Athletic Conference. As a player, assistant coach, and person, Brandon has exemplified the Butler Way and brings a blend of energy, talent and integrity to this role. With Brandon's leadership, Butler is well positioned to expand upon the success of the last few years."
Miller returned to Butler in April as an assistant coach after five years away from his alma mater. He last worked at Butler during the 2007-08 season, helping the Bulldogs to a 30-4record, conference regular season and tournament championships and a berth in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Butler was ranked in the national top 25 for 20 weeks, reaching as high as No. 8.
Miller spent last season as a special assistant for University of Illinois' head coach John Groce. With Miller on staff, the Fighting Illini recorded a 23-13 record and captured a spot in the NCAA Tournament Third Round. Last November, Butler faced Miller and the Illini in the championship game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
Prior to his one season at Illinois, Miller spent six years on the staff of head coach Thad Matta, a 1990 Butler graduate, at Ohio State. He served three years as an assistant coach, two seasons as director of basketball operations and one year as video coordinator. During his tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes won four Big Ten titles, made three NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances and advanced to the 2007 NCAA championship game. He began his career as a video intern on Matta's staff at Xavier in 2003-04.
A native of New Castle, Ind., Miller was a top performer on Butler teams that compiled a three-year 77-20 record, three conference championships and three trips to postseason tournament play. He arrived at Butler in 1999, transferring to BU from Southwest Missouri State. After sitting out one season, he started 97 straight games and was just one of eight Butler players to record more than 1,000 points in just three seasons. He was the leading scorer on Butler's 2002-03 squad, helping the Bulldogs to a 27-6 record, a league championship and a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16.
He finished his career ranked among Butler's all-time leaders in points (1,121), 3-point field goals (189) and assists (305). He earned All-Horizon League, Horizon League All-Defensive and Academic All-League recognition, and he was named Butler's Co-Team MVP in 2003. As a senior, Miller was chosen as Butler's Co-Most Outstanding Male Athlete, and he received the Horizon League's Cecil M. Coleman Medal of Honor, the league's highest individual award. He also was named recipient of the 2003 Chip Hilton Award, presented annually to a NCAA Division I senior who demonstrates outstanding leadership, character, integrity, sportsmanship and talent. In 2006, he was named to the 15-player Butler Team of the Sesquicentennial.
Miller earned a bachelor's degree from Butler in 2003. He and his wife, Holly, have two sons, Mason and Michael.
Source: Butler University