Arizona State University Tabs Bill Miller As Defensive Coordinator
Dec. 30, 2004
EL PASO, Texas - University of Florida Associate Head Coach Bill Miller has been hired as the defensive coordinator at Arizona State University, head coach Dirk Koetter announced Thursday. Miller, a 27-year veteran college coach who has served as defensive coordinator at Miami, (Fla.), Michigan State and Oklahoma State, replaces Brent Guy, who resigned December 10th to accept the head coaching position at Utah State University.
Arizona State, which finished third in the Pacific-10 Conference this year with an 8-3 record, is in El Paso, Texas awaiting a Friday, December 31 date with Purdue in the 71st annual Vitalis Sun Bowl. The game kicks off at 12:15 p.m. MT on CBS.
'I am very pleased to add a coach of Bill Miller's stature and experience to our program,' said Koetter. 'His resume speaks for itself and he is one of the most respected college football coaches in America. After an exhaustive search, I am please to announce that Bill has accepted the position. I told each candidate that we were going to maintain the 4-3 defense and that alignment is Bill's specialty. We are very fortunate that Bill accepted our offer because he's in very high demand right now. He had several other significant coaching opportunities at this time. He will continue to recruit the states of Florida and Texas for us as well as Kansas junior colleges.'
Miller has been a defensive coordinator for 17 of his 27 years of college football coaching. He served as the Associate Head Coach at Florida from 2004 to present and was the Gator Linebackers coach in 2003 and 2004. Prior, Miller was the Defensive Coordinator for Nick Saban at Michigan State from 1999-2002 and Defensive Coordinator for Butch Davis at Miami (Fla.) from 1995-1998. From 1989 through 1994 Miller was the Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers and Defensive Backs coach for Jimmy Johnson at Oklahoma State. Miller was an assistant coach at Minnesota (1986-88, Defensive Backs), Nevada-Reno (1983-85, Defensive Coordinator/Secondary) and at Drake University (1981-82, Secondary).
Miller joined the Gator staff as the linebackers coach on January 10, 2003. In first season at Florida in 2003, he coached freshman Channing Crowder, who led the SEC and all freshmen nationally in tackles per game and was nominated for the Frank Broyles Award, awarded annually to the nation's top assistant football coach. Under his guidance, Crowder and teammate Earl Everett were named to the SEC All-Freshman team, while Crowder was named The Sporting News' SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year. Miller coached the SEC's leading freshmen tacklers in each of his two seasons as defensive coordinator at UF (Crowder in 2003 and Brandon Siler in 2004). Crowder and Siler each earned freshmen All-America honors. UF's top three linebackers in 2004 were freshmen or sophomores and UF played the Vanderbilt game without four scholarship linebackers, forcing UF to start a freshman walk-on linebacker for only the second time in school history. He has recruited the south Florida area for 18 years.
Miller has been a part of five teams that have won Conference Championships ('81 Missouri Valley, '83 Big Sky, '85 Big Sky, '95 Big East and '96 Big East). In 2001 Miller led Michigan State's defensive squad to the nation's 14th best pass defense at 176.1 yards per game, tops in the Big Ten. He was nominated for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach, in 2000 and in 2003. Also in 2000, Miller's defensive squad led the Big Ten in total defense for the second consecutive year (318.3 yards per game, 22nd nationally). The Spartans also led the conference in pass defense (164.1 ypg, 7th nationally), and pass efficiency defense (104.5 rating, 22nd nationally). The Spartan's 1999 defensive unit led the Big Ten and finished fifth nationally in rushing defense allowing only 77 yards per game and finished 12th in the nation in total defense giving way to just 299 yards per game. They also finished tied 22nd in the nation in scoring defense with 19.2 points per game. The 1999 defensive unit was part of a Spartan's team that finished 7th in the final Associated Press Poll and tied for first in the school's history with 10 wins, including a victory over Florida in the Citrus Bowl. Miller coached the last Spartan defense to record a shutout on November 13, 1999 vs. Northwestern.
In 1997 Miller's defensive unit led the Big East in pass defense, allowing only 177.3 yards per game and in 1998 was second in the Big East in rushing defense permitting 135.6 yards per game. Miller's defense contributed to the Hurricanes back-to-back Big East Conference co-championships in 1995-96. The Hurricanes defense also contributed to victories at the 1996 Carquest Bowl over Virginia and the 1998 Micron PC Bowl over North Carolina State. Miller served as an assistant coach under Jimmy Johnson at Oklahoma State, while Dave Wannstedt, Pat Jones, Keith Armstrong and Tony Wise were also assistants on the same staff. In 1986 at Minnesota, the Gophers defense helped upset top-ranked Michigan 20-17 and earned a trip to the Liberty Bowl. As Defensive Coordinator at Nevada-Reno, the Wolf Pack won the Big Sky Conference in 1983. The 1983 and `1985 Nevada-Reno teams advanced to the I-AA National Semifinals. His 1983 and 1985 squads led the Big Sky Conference in total defense, where they also ranked third nationally, as well as led the nation in turnover margin. In his first year at Drake, Miller's secondary contributed to a 10-1 record and a share of the Missouri Valley Conference title.
Miller began his coaching career at the University of Texas-Arlington (1978) as a Graduate Assistant. He moved on to Oklahoma State in 1979-80 as a Graduate Assistant.
Here is a capsule of Miller's coaching career:
Miller's Coaching Experience:
|2004-present||Florida (Associate Head Coach/Linebackers)|
|1999-2002||Michigan State, Defensive Coordinator|
|1995-1998||Miami, (Fla.), Defensive Coordinator|
|1989-1994||Oklahoma State, Defensive Coordinator (Linebackers and Defensive Backs)|
|1986-1988||Minnesota, Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs)|
|1983-1985||Nevada-Reno, Defensive Coordinator (Secondary)|
|1981-1982||Drake, Assistant Coach (Secondary)|
|1979-1980||Oklahoma State, Graduate Assistant|
|1978||Texas Arlington, Graduate Assistant|
Miller's Coaching Accomplishments:
Miller's Playing Career:
Prominent Players Coached By Miller:
At MICHIGAN STATE
At OKLAHOMA STATE
NFL Players Coached By Miller (Round drafted)
LB Keith Burns (7th ) - OSU 1994 - Denver Broncos
DE Jason Gildon (3rd) - OSU 1994 - Pittsburgh Steelers
LB Linc Harden (4th) - OSU 1995 - Dallas Cowboys
CB Renaldo Hill (7th) - MSU 2000 - Arizona Cardinals
DE Kenny Holmes (1st) - UM 1996 - Tennessee Titans
CB Patrick Hunter (3rd) - Nevada-Reno 1985 - Seattle Seahawks
CB Carlos Jones (7th) - UM 1996 - Seattle Seahawks
DE Kenard Lang (1st) - UM 1996 - Washington Redskins
DE Jevon Langford (4th) - OSU 1996 - Cincinnati Bengals
LB Ray Lewis (1st) UM 1995 - Baltimore Ravens
S Tremain Mack (4th) - UM 1996 - Cincinnati Bengals
LB Dan Morgan (1st) UM 2001 - Carolina Panthers
S Aric Morris (5th) MSU 2000 - Tennessee Titans
LB Julian Peterson (1st) MSU 2000 - San Francisco
LB Henry Rolling (3rd) - Nevada-Reno 1985 - San Diego Chargers
LB Twan Russell (5th) - UM 1996 - Washington Redskins
DT Josh Shaw (5th) - MSU 2000 - San Francisco 49ers
DE Robaire Smith (6th) - MSU 2000 - Tennessee Titans
CB Duane Starks (1st) UM 1997 - Baltimore Ravens
LB Josh Thornhill (FA) - MSU 2001 - Detroit Lions
LB T.J. Turner (7th) - MSU 2001 - New England Patriots
DE Dimitrius Underwood (1st) - MSU 1999 - Minnesota Vikings
LB Nate Webster (3rd) - UM 2000 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DB Marcus Wimberly (5th) - UM 1996 - Atlanta Falcons
Miller's Personal Information
Birthdate: June 18, 1956
Hometown: Hutchinson, Kan.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Texas Arlington in 1978
Marital Status: Married to the former Lisa Swanson of St. Paul, Minn.
Children: Cole (13), Jackson (10)
Miller's Bowl Games as a Coach
1998 Micron PC
2000 Florida Citrus
2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic
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