NAIA NEWS: Ohio Christian names Miller as new Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Ohio Christian University has announced Ron Miller as their new head men’s basketball coach.

“I am extremely blessed to be the next head basketball coach at Ohio Christian University,” Miller said. “I believe we have the potential to do great things here and I am very excited to become part of the Trailblazer family.”

“We are pleased with the hiring of Ron Miller as he brings a breadth of knowledge and experience at the collegiate level,” athletic director George Arroyo Jr. said. “Ron has hit the ground running with the recruitment of quality and talented athletes that will impact results on the court. His training sessions with the team have been intense, filled with discipline and work ethic as his goal is to make an immediate presence in the RSC. “

Miller comes to Ohio Christian from Malone University where he worked as an assistant coach from 2016-2022 and obtained a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. He helped take the Pioneers to a 2020-21 G-MAC Conference Championship as well as an NCAA Tournament appearance that same year.

He got his undergraduate degree in Education from Division II Alderson Broaddus University where he was a varsity basketball player for four years. During that time the Battlers took home two regular-season championships as well as two conference championships. Miller served on the Alderson Broaddus coaching staff in the fall of 2016 before beginning his stint at Malone.

Miller conducted his own summer skills camps while in college and also gained coaching experience working for Point Guard College.

“I would like to thank Mr. George Arroyo Jr. and Dr. Ron Smith for this opportunity,” Miller said. “I would also like to thank Coach Casey Kaufman (Malone), Coach Greg Zimmerman (Alderson Broaddus), and Coach Chad Spurgeon (New Philadelphia) for all their mentorship in coaching. Lastly, I would like to thank my parents, Ron and Angela, for all their love and support.”

“During the interview process, it was clear that Ron is a competitor, and that extends beyond the basketball court,” Arroyo Jr. said. “His mission to develop players as students, people of character and faith, and fundamentally sound athletes are what we expect from our coaching staff and those we hire. Ron’s prior successes in leading men, along with his winning experiences as a player and high school/collegiate coach will serve the team well as he ushers in a new era of basketball at Ohio Christian University.”

“I believe the OCU basketball program is an excellent position for success. We have a great group of returning players that really value winning and team success. Additionally, we have great facilities here and great faculty members that will help us in the recruiting process. It will be extremely important for us to develop a culture of toughness and unselfishness for us to reach our team goals, but once that is established I believe we can have great success here at OCU.”

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