In just two years at the helm of the Indiana women's basketball program, head coach Curt Miller has taken a team that won just six games in the year prior to his arrival to tying the school record for wins with a 21-13 mark in 2013-14. The Hoosiers made a postseason appearance for the first time in five years and played into the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). IU's three postseason victories in the WNIT over Belmont, Marquette and Northwestern were the most ever in a single year in program history. Miller is now tied for the most national postseason career wins by any coach in IU history.
Miller was named a finalist for the 2014 WBCA National Coach of the Year award as he was named Regional Coach of the Year for Region 6 by his peers. He has been a finalist for the award five times, all in the last nine years. Miller is one of just three coaches to be a national finalist for the award five or more times during that nine-year span behind hall of fame coaches Geno Auriemma (Connecticut) and Tara VanDerveer (Stanford).
The 2013-14 Hoosiers began the year with the best start in school history with a 14-0 mark. That earned Indiana its highest ever national ranking at No. 22 in the AP Top 25 Poll on Jan. 6, 2014 and it was just the second time that IU had ever been ranked in the AP Poll (last was 1993).
Along with tying the program record for wins, Indiana hit other major milestones in Miller's second season. IU finished non-conference play with a perfect 13-0 record, marking the most non-Big Ten regular season wins in program history and just the fourth Hoosier team to finish non-conference play without a loss. Indiana shattered the school record for most 3-point field goals made in a single year as IU nailed 259 3-pointers, surpassing the previous record of 204 (1997-98). The 259 makes from beyond the arc ranks as the second highest total in Big Ten history for most 3-pointers made in a single year.
Also since Miller's arrival in Bloomington, attendance has increased by over 50 percent per game since 2012. The 2013-14 season set an attendance record for IU women's basketball averaging 2,708 fans per game to rank 35th nationally.
Miller's first true recruiting class at Indiana did not disappoint in his second season. The group of six scholarship freshmen scored more points (1,466) than any other freshman class in the Big Ten and ranked in the top five nationally in point production among freshman classes. Indiana's freshmen accounted for 61.9 percent of IU's point production in 2013-14.
Miller helped guide freshman Larryn Brooks to Second Team All-Big Ten and conference All-Freshman honors last year. Brooks became the first freshman in Indiana history score over 500 points in a single year. She set IU freshman records for scoring (554 points), 3-pointers made (67), assists (154) and free throws made (129). Her scoring total ranks seventh overall at IU for a single season as she is tied for fourth in 3-point field goals made and ranks third in assists.
In his first season at IU, 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.
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). 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 percent graduation rate among all athletes who exhausted their eligibility with the program.
During his tenure at BGSU, Miller guided the 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 time at Bowling Green might be highlighted by his 2006-07 squad as that year remains as one of the finest years in MAC women's basketball history. The Falcons won a school record 31 games that season, ending the year 31-4. The season was highlighted by by wins over Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament 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.
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.
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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