University of Saint Joseph (USJ) Athletic Director Bill Cardarelli announced today that Glen Miller – former Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Connecticut and Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Connecticut College, the University of Pennsylvania and Brown University – has been hired as the full-time Associate Director of Men’s Basketball at USJ. Miller will begin working immediately to lead the effort to build USJ’s first-ever men’s basketball program for 2018, and Cardarelli said he has “exactly the experience and coaching success needed to get this men’s basketball program built in the right way.”
USJ full-time undergraduate programs become coeducational beginning in the fall of 2018, and the University of Saint Joseph Blue Jays men’s basketball team will begin playing at the Division III level in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) at that time. Miller will be in charge of recruiting, scheduling and managing the day-to-day operations for the startup program, working alongside Hall of Fame former UConn Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Calhoun, who was hired last week as a part-time consultant to the men’s basketball team and advisor to USJ President Rhona Free.
“Glen is the perfect man for the job. He is someone who has not only had great success at this level, coaching Connecticut College to a Division III Final Four in 1999, but has 11 years of head coaching experience at the Division I level at two of the nation’s finest schools, Penn and Brown. His commitment to both education and athletic excellence will help USJ tremendously as we open our doors to male students for the first time next year,” Cardarelli said. “Glen is Connecticut born and raised and knows the state and the basketball landscape as well as anyone, and he also has extensive experience recruiting on a national level. We are thrilled to have him as the person who will be running the daily operations of the men’s basketball team in preparation to the start of play in the fall of 2018.”
“Basketball has done so much for me in my life, and so much of it right here in Connecticut, from Fitch High School in Groton to playing and coaching at UConn to coaching at Connecticut College. And to now land here at a wonderful educational institution like USJ, where Bill and I will spend every day for the next year building something special from the ground up, is a true thrill for me. I can’t wait to get started,” Miller said. “I sincerely thank President Rhona Free, the Sisters of Mercy and Bill Cardarelli for having the faith in me and giving me this amazing opportunity.”
In 17 years as a head men’s basketball coach, Miller has compiled 233 wins, and he was also part of two NCAA Division I Men’s National Championships at UConn as Director of Basketball Administration in 2011 and Associate Head Coach in 2014.