UIC head men's basketball coach Jimmy Collins announced on August 19, 2009 that Mark Miller, one of the greatest players to ever don a Flames uniform, has returned to UIC as an assistant coach. Miller fills the void on the staff left by Mark Coomes, who retired this past spring after 13 years as the Flames' associate head coach. "I am very, very happy to have Mark Miller join our staff," said Collins. "He was a tremendous competitor when he played for us. He knows the game of basketball very well and he has wanted to be a part of UIC ever since graduation. We're extremely happy to have Mark back representing this University." "I am excited to return to my alma mater as an assistant coach, and I can't think of a better program to begin my collegiate coaching career," said Miller. "I look forward to working with the team so that they can be put in a position to continue the level of success I achieved on and off the court as a UIC Flame." Miller played for the Flames from 1995-98, earning All-Midwestern Collegiate Conference honors each season. In 1997-98 he averaged 19.7 points per game en route to All-MCC First Team accolades and the MCC Player of the Year award, helping the Flames punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history that season. In three seasons Miller scored 1,458 points in 84 games for a career average of 17.4 points per game. He is the school's ninth all-time leading scorer and, along with Sherell Ford, is one of only two UIC men's basketball players to have his jersey number retired. A banner bearing his retired number 12 hangs at the UIC Pavilion. Miller, who was inducted into the UIC Athletics H all of Fame in 2003, went on to play professionally in six different countries. He earned German League Player of the Year honors in 2000, among his many pro accolades. Prior to his decorated UIC career, Miller was a standout for Chicago prep power Westinghouse. As a senior in 1993-94, Miller was a Chicago Sun-Times All-Area pick, a Chicago Tribune All-State Second Teamer, an All-Chicago Public League First Teamer, and the MVP of the Public League's Red West Division. A national Top 100 recruit in 1994, Miller was also the MVP of the City-Suburban All-Star Game that year while leading Westinghouse to a city title over the nation's top-ranked team at the time, King High School.