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Butler picks Miller to replace Stevens
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On July 6, 2013 @ 4:19 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
Three days after Brad Stevens shocked the sports world by leaving Butler to become the new head coach of the Boston Celtics, the search is over for Stevens’ replacement.
Current Butler assistant Brandon Miller will be the next head coach of the Bulldogs, the school announced Saturday afternoon.
Not surprisingly, Butler stayed within its family to find Stevens’ replacement, and, like its past four coaches, it chose an assistant to take the reins of the program. This will also be Miller’s first head coaching job.
Miller, 34, has lots of ties to Butler. He graduated from the school in 2003 after winning three league championships, reaching the Sweet 16 and scoring more than 1,100 points.
He worked for former Butler coach and current Ohio State coach Thad Matta as a video coordinator and director of basketball operations before returning to Butler as an assistant for the 2007-08 season — Stevens’ first as a head coach. Miller went back to Ohio State for three years, then went to Illinois for one. Miller returned to Butler in April as an assistant.
Miller’s first season as a head coach will coincide with Butler’s first in the Big East.
“I am confident that Brandon will carry on the Butler University basketball tradition of excellence, especially as we make the transition to the Big East Athletic Conference,” Butler athletic director Barry Collier said in a statement. “As a player, assistant coach, and person, Brandon has exemplified the Butler Way and brings a blend of energy, talent and integrity to this role. With Brandon’s leadership, Butler is well positioned to expand upon the success of the last few years.”
Nicole Auerbach, a national college basketball reporter for USA TODAY Sports, is on Twitter @NicoleAuerbach.
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