Miller joins UC Riverside staff
UC Riverside Head Men's Basketball Coach Jim Wooldridge announced today the hiring of former Eastern Illinois Head Coach Mike Miller as the team's new assistant coach.
This is Miller's third stint alongside Wooldridge as the pair previously coached together at Kansas State and Texas State. Miller joined Wooldridge's staff at TSU in 1992, taking over the program in 1994 when Wooldridge accepted the head coaching position at Kansas State.
After two Southland Conference regular season titles, one conference tournament championship—which included a trip to the 1997 NCAA Tournament—and 87 wins over six seasons, Miller rejoined Wooldridge as an assistant at Kansas State where he remained for five years.
Miller was named head coach at Eastern Illinois prior to the 2005-06 season. Before his arrival, the squad hadn't posted a winning season since 2001, but in the 2010-11 campaign, the Panthers finished 19-12, winning eight straight games to close the season before falling to Murray State in the OVC Tournament semifinals. The 19 wins marked the third highest win total in the Division I history of the program while eight straight wins set the school Division I record for consecutive victories.
His seven years at EIU produced two Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year (Romain Martin, 2006-07; Mike Robinson, 2005-06), two OVC All-Newcomer Team honorees (James Hollowell, 2009-10; TJ Marion, 2008-09) and the team's first first-team all-conference award winner (Tyler Laser, 2009-10) since the 2002-03 campaign.
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