Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced on March 28, 2012 the hiring of Curt Miller as IU's new head women's basketball coach.
In his first season at the helm of the Indiana program, Miller led the Hoosiers to their most wins in three years nearly doubling the program's win total from the year prior to his arrival. In non-conference play, IU compiled a 9-4 record, marking just the third time since 2000 and the first time since 2006-07 that an Indiana team had won nine or more non-Big Ten games in a single season. To give some perspective, only three times in program history has an IU women's basketball team won more than nine games in non-league competition.
In Big Ten play, Miller's team doubled the win total in conference games from the year prior to his arrival, including the program's first win over a ranked opponent since 2010 when IU upended No. 21 Purdue on a Jasmine McGhee last-second shot on Feb. 20.
In 2012-13, the Hoosiers set a team school record for most 3-point field goals made in a single game as Indiana knocked down 13 treys at Iowa on Feb. 28. Under Miller's guidance, senior Aulani Sinclair set the school record for most 3-point field goals made in a single season with 72 makes from beyond the arc.
Also in Miller's first year in Bloomington, Indiana set a standard on the defensive end that had not been accomplished in nearly 40 years. In five consecutive games, the Hoosiers held their opponents to less than 50 points between Nov. 16-Nov. 28 and were 5-0 in those contests. The last time Indiana held five-straight opponents under 50 points was during the 1973-74 season.
Miller arrived in Bloomington from Bowling Green State University, where he served as head coach for 11 seasons and compiled an overall record of 258-92 (.737). The Falcons went 24-7 in 2011-12 and Miller earned Mid-American Conference (MAC) Coach of the Year honors for a league-record sixth time and was named WBCA Region 4 Coach of the Year for a fourth time. BGSU won at least a share of a MAC regular season division title in each of Miller's last eight seasons, including seven outright league championships.
The success of the Falcons on the court was matched by the success of the team's student-athletes in the classroom. In Miller's 11 seasons, BGSU's combined team grade-point average never sunk below 3.0 and his staff also boasted a 100% graduation rate among all athletes who exhausted their eligibility with the program.
During his tenure at BGSU, Miller guided his program to postseason appearances in each of the last eight seasons, including five NCAA Tournament bids. The Falcons won 21-or-more games in each of his last nine years, and Miller guided BGSU to 28-or-more wins in a single season four times.
His final season in Bowling Green might be Miller's finest coaching performance of his BG tenure. After losing six seniors and nearly 5,500 points from the previous year, the Falcons proceeded to win the MAC's regular-season crown yet again in 2011-12, with a 14-2 league mark.
In 2010-11, Miller's Falcons went 28-5 overall with a 13-3 mark in league play before capturing the MAC Tournament title to earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in seven seasons.
The 2009-10 season saw BGSU post an overall record of 27-7 and a MAC ledger of 14-2. BGSU won the conference regular-season and tournament titles, returning to the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in the last six years.
With just one senior on the '08-09 roster, the young Falcons posted a total of 29 wins, the second-highest total in MAC women's basketball history, and advanced to the third round of the WNIT. BGSU hosted a pair of WNIT games against schools from BCS conferences, drawing nearly 2,800 fans for the third-round game vs. Indiana. Miller was named the MAC's Coach of the Year for an unprecedented fifth consecutive season. Prior to his five-year run, no conference coach had won the award in more than two-straight years. He also was named the Russell Athletic/WBCA Region 4 Coach of the Year for the third time in four seasons.
The success of the '08-09 campaign came after a 2007-08 season that was alsosuccessful. With a roster containing 10 underclassmen, including seven freshmen, the Falcons put together a 26-8 season, advancing to the second round of the WNIT after the Falcons secured a share of the MAC regular-season crown, the school's fourth in a row.
The Falcons' 2006-07 season remains the finest year in MAC women's basketball history. After posting a 28-3 mark, a wins record at the time, in the 2005-06 season, the Falcons broke that record with a 31-win season in '06-07. The latter BG team beat Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt in the NCAA Championships to become the first-ever MAC women's team to advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the national tourney. The team also appeared in the national rankings most of the season.
In 2005-06, Miller and the Falcons proceeded to begin the year with a school-record 8-0 start, finishing non-conference play with a 9-2 mark. An overtime loss at Kentucky on Jan. 2 would be the Falcons' last setback until the NCAA Championships. BGSU won all 16 league regular-season games, then downed Northern Illinois, arch-rival Toledo and KSU in the conference tournament, allowing fewer than 49 points per game in the three wins in Cleveland.
Miller's 2004-05 squad produced his first MAC championship team, leading BGSU to the program's first NCAA Tournament in 11 years. Miller earned what would be the first of five consecutive MAC Coach of the Year honors.
Miller produced his first 20-plus win season in 2003-04 with a 21-10 mark, taking a team that was picked to finished sixth in its MAC Division, to a tie for second place with an 11-5 conference mark.
During his tenure four players, Lauren Prochaska (2010 and 2011), Tracy Pontius (2009) Kate Achter (2008) and Ali Mann (2006-07) earned All-American honors. Prochaska was a two-time MAC Player of the Year, while Achter and Mann also earned the MAC's top playing honor in their career.
He also saw seven of his players earn first-team All-MAC honors, eight players earn second-team recognition and three garner third-team accolades. Mann and Prochaska also earned Freshman of the Year honors during their first season at BGSU. Lindsay Austin was MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and Amber Flynn was Sixth Man of the Year in 2007.
In addition, five of the top seven scorers in the tradition rich program played for Miller.
Prior to his time at Bowling Green, Miller was the associate head coach at Colorado State University, helping CSU to an 81-20 (.802) overall record during his three seasons there. Before his time in Colorado, Miller spent four years as an assistant coach at Syracuse University after serving as an assistant coach at Cleveland State University for three seasons. Miller began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Kent State University.
A native of Girard, Pa., Miller received his Bachelors of Arts degree in physical education and business administration from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1990. He has also taken courses toward a Master of Arts degree in sports administration at Kent State University.
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