Mike Miller (basketball, born 1964)

Michael E. Miller (born August 14, 1964)[1][2] is an American basketball coach who was most recently interim head coach for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Mike Miller
Personal information
Born (1964-08-14) August 14, 1964 (age 56)
Monmouth, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Career information
High schoolMonmouth (Monmouth, Illinois)
CollegeBurlington JC (1982–1983)
East Texas State (1983–1986)
Coaching career1989–present
Career history
As coach:
1989–1990Western Illinois (assistant)
1990–1991Sam Houston State (assistant)
1991–1994Southwest Texas State (assistant)
1994–2000Southwest Texas State
2000–2005Kansas State (assistant)
2005–2012Eastern Illinois
2012–2013UC Riverside (assistant)
2013–2015Austin Toros/Spurs (assistant)
2015–2019Westchester Knicks
2019New York Knicks (assistant)
2019–2020New York Knicks (interim HC)
Career highlights and awards

Early lifeEdit

Miller was born in Monmouth, Illinois, and graduated from Monmouth High School. He played college basketball at Burlington Junior College (now Southeastern Community College) in Burlington, Iowa and East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University–Commerce).[3] At East Texas State, he was a member of the team that won the Lone Star Conference championship in 1984. He graduated from East Texas State in 1987.[1]

Mike's first job as a coach was for the Cistercian Prep School Hawks under legendary Coach Tom Hillary, where he coached football, basketball, and baseball from 1987 to 1989.

Coaching careerEdit

Early coaching career (1989–1994)Edit

Miller began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Western Illinois University in 1989–90. The following season, Miller was an assistant coach at Sam Houston State.[4]

From 1991 to 1994, Miller was an assistant coach at Southwest Texas State (now Texas State) under Jim Wooldridge, where he helped Southwest Texas State achieve an NCAA Tournament appearance and school record 25 wins in the 1993–94 season.[4]

Southwest Texas State (1994–2000)Edit

At age 29, Miller was promoted as head coach at Southwest Texas State in 1994 and was the second youngest NCAA Division I head coach that year.[4] As head coach, Miller led Southwest Texas State to the Southland Conference regular season and conference tournament titles and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1996–97, for which he won Coach of the Year honors from the Southland.[4][5] Southwest Texas State finished second in the Southland standings in 1997–98 and won another regular season title in 1998–99.[4] Miller also coached center/power forward Jeff Foster, who would be a first round 1999 NBA draft selection and play his entire 13-season career with the Indiana Pacers.[4] In six seasons as head coach at Southwest Texas State, Miller had an 87–79 record.[5]

Later college coaching career (2000–2013)Edit

In 2000, Miller reunited with Wooldridge, this time as associate head coach at Kansas State, where he would remain for five seasons.[6][4]

Miller had his second head coaching job at Eastern Illinois from 2005 to 2012, during which he went 75–130. His only winning season there was in 2009–10 when Eastern Illinois went 19–12.[5] Following a 12–17 season, Eastern Illinois decided on February 27, 2012 not to renew Miller's contract that was to expire April 30.[7][8]

In 2012–13, Miller was an assistant at UC Riverside, for his third assistant coaching job under Wooldridge.[9]

Professional coaching career (2013–present)Edit

In October 2013, Miller was named an assistant coach at the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League (now G League).[10]

On October 7, 2015, the D-League's Westchester Knicks hired him to be their head coach.[11] While with the Knicks, Miller won the NBA G League Coach of the Year for the 2017–18 season.[12] After four seasons in Westchester, during which he went 108–92,[13] Miller was promoted to the New York Knicks as an assistant coach.[14]

Miller was named the Knicks interim head coach on December 6, 2019.[15][16]

Head coaching recordEdit

CollegeEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Southwest Texas State Bobcats (Southland Conference) (1994–2000)
1994–95 Southwest Texas State 12–14 7–11 T–7th
1995–96 Southwest Texas State 11–15 7–11 T–7th
1996–97 Southwest Texas State 16–13 10–6 T–1st NCAA Division I Round of 64
1997–98 Southwest Texas State 17–11 10–6 T–2nd
1998–99 Southwest Texas State 19–9 13–5 1st
1999–2000 Southwest Texas State 12–17 8–10 T–6th
Southwest Texas State: 87–79 (.524) 55–49 (.529)
Eastern Illinois Panthers (Ohio Valley Conference) (2005–2012)
2005–06 Eastern Illinois 6–21 5–15 9th
2006–07 Eastern Illinois 10–20 6–14 5th
2007–08 Eastern Illinois 7–22 6–14 9th
2008–09 Eastern Illinois 12–18 8–10 7th
2009–10 Eastern Illinois 19–12 11–7 T–3rd
2010–11 Eastern Illinois 9–20 4–14 9th
2011–12 Eastern Illinois 12–17 5–11 10th
Eastern Illinois: 75–130 (.366) 45–85 (.346)
Total: 162–209 (.437)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

NBA D-League/G LeagueEdit

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Westchester 2015–16 50 28 22 .560 2nd in Atlantic 2 0 2 .000 Lost Quarterfinals
Westchester 2016–17 50 19 31 .380 T–3rd in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Westchester 2017–18 50 32 18 .640 1st in Atlantic 1 0 1 .000 Lost Semifinals
Westchester 2018–19 50 29 21 .580 T–2nd in Atlantic 2 1 1 .500 Lost Semifinals
Career 200 108 92 .540   5 1 4 .200  


NBAEdit

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
New York 2019–20 44 17 27 .386 5th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
Career 44 17 27 .386    

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2018–19 Westchester Knicks Media Guide" (PDF). NBA.com. p. 11. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Action Items" (PDF). Eastern Illinois University. April 25, 2005. p. 7. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "Mike Miller". KStateSports.com. Kansas State University. Archived from the original on February 8, 2002. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "2011-12 Men's Basketball Coaching Staff: Mike Miller, Head Coach". EIUPanthers.com. Eastern Illinois University. Archived from the original on December 21, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/coaches/mike-miller-3.html
  6. ^ Nielsen, Brian (2005-04-12). "Miller named EIU basketball coach: Kansas State assistant makes good impression and now takes over program". Journal Gazette and Times-Courier. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  7. ^ "Mike Miller out at Eastern Illinois". ESPN Chicago. February 27, 2012. Archived from the original on February 29, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "EIU Does Not Renew Mike Miller's Contract". Eastern Illinois University. February 27, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  9. ^ "Men's Basketball Hires Mike Miller As Assistant Coach". University of California-Riverside Athletics.
  10. ^ Toros Add Mike Miller to Coaching Staff
  11. ^ Westchester Knicks Hire Mike Miller as Head Coach
  12. ^ "Westchester's Mike Miller Named 2017-18 NBA G League Coach of the Year". OurSportsCentral.com. April 2, 2018.
  13. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/gleague/teams/WES/
  14. ^ "New York Knicks Announce Coaching Staff Addition". OurSports Central. August 19, 2019.
  15. ^ "Knicks Relieve David Fizdale of Head Coaching Duties". NBA.com. December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  16. ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian (December 6, 2019). "David Fizdale fired by Knicks (4–18); Mike Miller is interim coach". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 6, 2019.