Ryan Miller Leaves to Take Position at Missouri

May 11, 2012

Albuquerque, N.M. --- Ryan Miller, who has spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of New Mexico under Steve Alford, has accepted an assistant coaching position with the University of Missouri, Alford announced.

"I'm very excited to join the University of Missouri and coach Haith, but obviously this was a hard decision," said Miller. "I'm very appreciative to have spent the past five years working with Coach Alford and with a staff that is so dedicated to winning, and winning the right way."

Miller added, "I can't thank the fans and the people of Albuquerque and New Mexico enough for being so welcoming and caring so much about the team, the program, and myself."

Miller's time at UNM has coincided with the most successful five-year span in school history, as UNM is 126-46 over that time frame, including five postseason appearances. With the Lobos, Miller handled all aspects of coaching, and one of his main responsibilities was advance scouting and game preparation. Along with in-game coaching and scouting, Miller during the season worked with UNM's guards, and is considered one of the top recruiters in the nation.

"Coach Miller did an outstanding job for us over the last five years and I very much appreciate his dedication to assisting UNM basketball with its pursuit of excellence," said head coach Steve Alford. "We wish him nothing but the best."

Miller came to UNM after a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Pepperdine. He was also the basketball operations assistant at Memphis under head coach John Calipari from 2004-06. During his three years at Memphis, the Tigers compiled a 78-28 (.736) record and made three postseason tournament appearances, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Miller was a two-time Northern Sun all-conference and all-academic selection. He finished his career eighth on Northern State's all-time scoring list after guiding his teams to four straight conference championships and the 1998 regional title. Miller was a Division II All-American following the 1997-1998 season. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in physical education.