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)
2003-2004 Florida (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:

  • Joined the Gator staff as the linebackers coach on January 10, 2003.
  • In first season at Florida in 2003, coached freshman Channing Crowder, who led the SECand all freshmen nationally in tackles per game.
  • Under his guidance, Channing Crowder and Earl Everett were named to the SEC All-Freshman team, while Crowder was named The Sporting News' SEC DefensiveFreshman of the Year.
  • Coached the SEC's leading freshmen tacklers in each of his two seasons as defensive coordinator at UF (Channing 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.
  • Has 27 years experience as a collegiate coach (Michigan State, Miami, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Nevada-Reno, Drake, Texas Arlington).
  • Has been a defensive coordinator for 17 of his 27 years coaching.
  • Has been a part of five teams that have won Conference Championships ('81 Missouri Valley, '83 Big Sky, '85 Big Sky, '95 Big East, '96 Big East).
  • Has recruited the South Florida area for 19 years.
  • In 2001 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.
  • Nominated for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach, in 2000 and 2003.
  • 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 theconference in pass defense (164.1 ypg, 7th nationally), and pass efficiency defense (104.5rating, 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 defensegiving way to just 299 yards per game. They also finished tied 22nd in the nation inscoring defense with 19.2 points per game.
  • The 1999 defense 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 avictory over Florida in the Citrus Bowl.
  • 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 permitting135.6 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 overVirginia and the 1998 Micron PC Bowl over N.C. State.
  • 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 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 Conferencein 1983. The 1983 and `1985 Nevada-Reno teams advanced to the I-AA NationalSemifinals.
  • 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 ofthe Missouri Valley Conference title.

    Miller's Playing Career:

  • A two-year starter (1977-78) at strong safety at Texas Arlington after transferring from Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College where he was named the team's Most InspirationalPlayer. He also won the Dr. John Dearing Most Dedicated Player award as a member ofthe Texas-Arlington squad.

    Prominent Players Coached By Miller:

    At FLORIDA

  • LB Channing Crowder - first team all SEC as a freshman in 2003. SEC Defensive freshman of the year and a Scripps/FWAA freshman All-American in 2003. Led theSEC and all freshmen nationally in tackles per game in 2003.
  • LB Earl Everett - Second-team All-SEC (Coaches) 2004.
  • LB Brandon Siler - Led all SEC freshmen in tackles per game and ranked third on the team. Named First-Team Freshmen All-America by Rivals.com. SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year.

    At MIAMI

  • DE Kenny Holmes - Named first team All-Big East Player in 1995 and 1996. Selected in the first round of the 1997 NFC Draft by the Tennessee Titans.
  • S Carlos Jones - Named second team All-Big East Player in 1995. Selected in theseventh round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
  • DE Kenard Lang - Named second team All-Big East Player in 1995 and 1996. Selected in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.
  • LB Ray Lewis - Named first team All-American in 1995 and finalist for the 1995 ButkusAward. Member of the 1995 Playboy All-America Team. Selected to the first-team All-Big East in 1995. Led Miami defense in tackles his sophomore and junior years, settingconsecutive records for solo tackles by a LB with 91 in 1994 and 95 in 1995. Rankssecond and fourth in UM history for tackles in a season with 160 in 1995 and 152 in1994. Won the 1995 Hack Harding Award, given to UM's most valuable player. Leaderof the Baltimore Ravens defense that won the 2000 Super Bowl title. Selected in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.
  • S Tremain Mack - Named first team All-Big East Player in 1996. Won the 1996 JackHarding Award given to UM's most valuable player. Selected in the fourth round of the1997 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • LB Dan Morgan - Winner of the 2000 Bednarik Award, given to the College DefensivePlayer of the Year. Winner of the 2000 Nagurski Trophy, given to the best defensiveplayer. Also winner of the 2000 Butkus Award, given the nation's best linebacker. He isthe first player in college football history to win all three awards in the same year.Named first team All-American in 2000 by the AP, Football Writers Association, theFootball News, the Sporting News, Walter Camp and the National Football Foundation.Unanimous selection as the 2000 Big East Defensive Player of the Year. Three time firstteam All-Big East selection. Set a new Miami record for career tackles with 532, also aBig East record. Became the first player in UM history to record 100 or more tackles ineach of his four seasons. Selected in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft by theCarolina Panthers.
  • LB Twan Russell - Named first team All-Big East Player in 1996. Selected in the fifth round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.
  • CB Duane Starks - Named first team All-Big East Player in 1997. Selected in the firstround of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.
  • DB Marcus Wimberly - Selected in the fifth round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.
  • LB Nate Webster - Selected in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Tampa BayBuccaneers.

    At MICHIGAN STATE

  • CB Renaldo Hill - Tied for third on MSU's career passes broken up list with 36.Selected in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
  • S Aric Morris - Seventh on MSU's career tackles list with a total of 350. Selected in thefifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.
  • LB Julian Peterson - MSU's all-time leader in tackles for losses with 48 for a combinedtotal of 215 yards. Second on MSU's career quarterback sacks list with 25. Recorded thetwo most productive seasons in the tackles for loss category with 30 in 1999 and 18 in1998 and had the second most quarterback sacks in a season when he tallied 15 in 1999.Selected in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
  • DT Josh Shaw - Selected I the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the San Francisco49ers.
  • LB Robaire Smith - Fourth on MSU's career tackles for loss list with 38 for a total of169 yards and fifth on the career quarterback sacks list with 22. Selected in the sixthround of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.
  • LB Josh Thornhill - Fourth on MSU's career tackles list with a total of 395 and tied forfifth on the career tackles for loss with 33 totaling 88 yards. Signed with the DetroitLions as a rookie free agent in 2002.
  • LB T.J. Turner - Selected in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.

    At NEVADA-RENO

  • DB Patrick Hunter - Selected to the University of Nevada-Reno All-Century team in 1999. Selected in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft by Seattle.
  • LB Henry Rolling - Inducted into the University of Nevada-Reno Athletic Hall of Famein 2001 and selected to the university's All-Century team in 1999. Selected in the thirdround of the 1995 NFL Draft by San Diego.

    At OKLAHOMA STATE

  • LB Keith Burns - Named to the All-Big Eight team in 1992 and 1993. Played in the 1993 East-West Classic. Selected in the seventh round of the 1994 NFL Draft by theDenver Broncos.
  • DB Mike Clark - Named to the All-Big Eight team in 1990.
  • LB Sim Drain - Named to the All-Big Eight team in 1989. Played in the 1989 Senior Bowl. Fourth on OSU's career tackles list with a total of 381.
  • DE Jason Gildon - Named to the All-Big Eight team in 1991 and 1993. Played in the1993 Blue-Gray All Star game. Tied for 16th on OSU's career tackles list with a total of266. Selected in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • LB Linc Harden - Played in the 1994 East-West Classic. Selected in the fourth round of the 1995 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
  • DT Stacey Satterwhite - Named to the All-Big Eight team in 1990 and 1991. AnAcademic All-Big Eight member in 1989, 1990 and 1991. Played in the 1992 JapanBowl all-star game.
  • DE Mike Woolridge - Named to the All-Big Eight team in 1992. 14th on OSU's career tackles list with a total of 275.

    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
    1986 Liberty
    1998 Micron PC
    1996 Carquest
    2000 Florida Citrus
    2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic
    2004 Outback

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