Indiana University Introduces Curt Miller as Head Women's Basketball Coach
March 28, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today the hiring of Curt Miller, who owns the 16th-best winning percentage in NCAA Division I history, as IU's new head women's basketball coach. Glass and Miller agreed to a six- year contract, starting at a salary of $275,000 per year.
"We are thrilled to have been able to recruit a coach of Curt's caliber to Indiana University," Glass said. "Curt is very highly regarded in women's basketball circles and has a demonstrated ability to recruit in and around Indiana, develop talent and win."
"Curt Miller brings a demonstrated record of success on the court to his new position as coach of the Indiana University women's basketball team,'' IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "His program at Bowling Green has become the model for success in the Mid-American Conference over the past decade, and just as importantly Coach Miller's players have excelled in the classroom and in life. We welcome Coach Miller to the IU community and I look forward to watching him build a winning tradition for our women's basketball program."
Miller arrives in Bloomington from Bowling Green State University, where he served as head coach for the last 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 has won the regular season and/or tournament championship every year for the last eight seasons.
The success of the Falcons on the court has been 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 has never sunk below 3.00 and his staff also boasts a 100% graduation rate among all athletes who exhaust their eligibility with the program.
For three consecutive years, the Falcons have been ranked in the top 15 of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll based on team GPA.
"Becoming the women's basketball coach at Indiana University is a great honor." Miller said. "I'm looking forward to this new chapter in my life with great passion and pride. I want to build a program that mirrors the standards this great university has obtained. With the great facilities and a state that knows and loves basketball, I'm ready to begin."
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 the last nine years, and Miller guided BGSU to 28 or more wins in a single season four times.
This past year was arguably Miller's finest coaching performance of his BG tenure. After losing six seniors and nearly 5,500 points from last year's club, the Falcons proceeded to win the MAC's regular-season crown yet again, with a 14-2 league mark.
Miller went 9-19 and 12-16 in his first two years. BGSU went 21-10 and reached the MAC Championship game in Miller's third season (2003-04) and has won regular season and/or tournament MAC championships in every year since.
Nationally, Bowling Green is the nation's seventh winningest program over the last five years. Every player who has spent four years under Miller at BGSU has won at least one MAC title, has played on an NCAA Tournament team and has earned a degree. He serves on the WBCA Board of Directors and the NCAA Women's Basketball National Rules Committee.
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.
As part of his coaching search, Glass had in mind preferred qualities and characteristics of the new head coach and also presented what the excellent opportunities that were involved with coaching at Indiana. A summary of those items are enclosed.
What others are saying...
"Congrats to Fred Glass, he went out and hired the BEST. IU is hiring a GREAT basketball coach in Curt Miller. Along with Urban Meyer, he's the best coach I've been around."
- Dan Dakich, ESPN
"If IU is hiring Curt Miller, then they are sending a message that they are SERIOUS about women's basketball!"
- Lin Dunn, Indiana Fever head coach
"Curt transformed women's basketball at Bowling Green. As much as our department and the community will miss him, we are also thrilled for Curt as he takes this new challenge."
- Greg Christopher, Bowling Green State University Athletic Director
"Indiana made a great hire in Curt Miller. This is a perfect fit on and off the court for the Hoosiers. The state of Indiana loves hoops and I know he will make the women's basketball program at IU something special."
- Bill Fennelly, Iowa State University head women's basketball coach
"Indiana just hired an outstanding women's basketball coach. Coach Miller's sustained excellence at Bowing Green is a testament to his coaching ability. Curt Miller is relentless recruiter, tremendous teacher of the game, develops talent into a cohesive team, will be actively engaged in the community, and is a quality person. I am thrilled for Curt as he has worked incredibly hard for this opportunity."
- Paul Krebs, University of New Mexico Vice President for Athletics
"Curt is one of the rising superstars in our game. I'm surprised that someone hasn't picked him up at the BCS level before now. He's a great match for Indiana and he'll do a great job. I'm happy for him and for Indiana. They did a great job bringing him on board."
- Tom Collen, University of Arkansas head women's basketball coach
"I think it's a bittersweet day for the community of Bowling Green. But everybody who has been associated with Coach Miller knows that he has developed into one of the best coaches in the country. He is deserving of this opportunity with Indiana University. I'm very proud of him and I am proud to say that I had the experience to play under him at Bowling Green."
- Kate Achter, St. Bonaventure University assistant women's basketball coach, former Bowling Green women's basketball player (2005-08)
"Coach Miller is a fantastic coach and an even better person. His ability to prepare and motivate his players will serve him well in the Big Ten. He is a relentless worker and gets the most out of all of those around him. Coach Miller is passionate about women's basketball and his teams feed off of that passion and energy. I learned a lot from him as a player that has continued to help me every day. I'm so happy for him to receive this opportunity at Indiana University."
- Liz Honegger, former Bowling Green women's basketball player (2004-07)
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