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Miller owns 19 years of head coaching experience and 288 career victories. She has eight postseason appearances, 12 years of 15-plus wins and three seasons of 20-plus wins. In her three seasons at UIC, Miller has won 53 games and 25 contests in Horizon League play.
In 2013-14, Miller led the Flames to a program-record 26 wins, the first postseason championship (WBI) in program history and the nation's largest turnaround. UIC collected 17 more wins (26-9) than the entire 2012-13 campaign (9-21), which was the largest win differential amongst 347 programs nationwide.
With a 73-64 victory over Stephen F. Austin on March 29, Miller guided the Flames to the 2014 Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) title. Ruvanna Campbell was selected the WBI MVP while Rachel Story and Katie Hannemann were named to the WBI All-Tournament Team. The contest was Miller's second postseason championship game appearance as she also led UNLV to the 2004 WNIT title game.
UIC won 11 straight games from Nov. 15, 2013 - Jan. 3, 2014 which tied the longest win streak in program history. The Flames broke program records for points scored (2,598), scoring average (74.2 ppg), field goals made (940), rebounds (1,503), free throws made (557) and assists (526).
Under Miller's leadership, three Flames were awarded by the Horizon League for their stellar 2013-14 seasons. Ruvanna Campbell took home the first Defensive Player of the Year award in program history. Additionally, Campbell was named to the All-League First Team and the All-Defensive Team. Rachel Story earned All-League Second Team honors while Terri Bender was voted to the All-Defensive Team.
In her first season with the Flames in 2011-12, Miller guided UIC to an 18-13 overall record. Eighteen wins ranks as the second-most wins in school history and set a new program record for most wins by a first-year head coach.
In 2011-12, UIC finished fourth in the Horizon League with a 10-8 record which is the team's highest standing since 2006-07. The Flames also reached the Horizon League tournament semifinals for the first time in five years with a 66-53 home quarterfinal win over Butler on March 7, 2011.
Senior Jasmine Bailey was named to the All-Tournament Team as she averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds in two tourney games. Bailey was also awarded for her efforts during the regular season with a first-team All-League distinction, while fellow senior Shamiea Green earned second-team All-Conference.
In 2012, Miller was selected to attend the Center for Coaching Excellence course at Columbia University in New York, which partnered with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The elite leadership program was an invite-only certification in which 29 other D-I head coaches were in attendance.
Miller currently holds a 288-269 career record as a head coach with prior stints at UNLV and Western Illinois. Miller compiled a stellar 175-125 mark in 10 seasons as the head coach at the UNLV. Miller led the Lady Rebels to the postseason in six-consecutive years (2001-06), the longest such stretch in program history.
In 2004, Miller led UNLV to four wins in the WNIT, the most postseason wins in school history during a single campaign. Miller inherited a team at UNLV that had won just four games during the 1997-98 season, and immediately turned the program around, posting back-to-back 17-win campaigns in her first two seasons.
In 2002, the Lady Rebels went 23-8, and garnered an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament, the program's first appearance since 1994. Over a five-year span, Miller's squads at UNLV knocked off five Top-25 opponents.
Prior to UNLV Miller spent six seasons with Western Illinois, her first head coaching position. In just her second season at Western Illinois (1993-94), Miller's team finished third in the Mid-Continent Conference, after finishing in ninth place the previous season. For her efforts, Miller was named the MCC Coach of the Year.
The following season (1994-95), Western Illinois set a school record for wins in a season (17) and conference victories (14) and captured the school's first-ever MCC Tournament title. The regular season conference champions garnered the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, and Miller was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Coach of the Year.
In addition to Miller's experience at the college level, she has been an international coach as well. Miller also served as a court coach at the 2000 USA Basketball Women's Summer Development Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. The camp developed not only the elite players in the United States, but also acted as the trials to select the U.S. Jones Cup team. Miller was an assistant coach for the USA National Team at the 1997 World Championships Qualifier in Sao Palo, Brazil, and served as the floor coach for the U.S. Olympic Festival's North Team Tryouts in 1995.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Miller served assistant coaching stints at both Old Dominion (1987-92), her alma mater, and Arizona (1986-87). ODU experienced great success during Miller's tenure, advancing to the second-round of the NCAA Tournament in each of her first three years, along with a first-round appearance in 1992.
Prior to playing professionally for the Virginia Waves in 1984, Miller spent two years playing at Old Dominion helping lead the Lady Monarchs to the NCAA Final Four. Before her career at ODU, she played at Louisburg (N.C.) Junior College where she earned All-America honors twice, and led them to the JC national championship her freshman year in 1981.
Miller had her jersey retired at Louisburg at end of her career, and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame last October. She delivered a commencement speech at Louisburg's graduation ceremony on May 7.
Miller is a 1984 graduate of Old Dominion earning a bachelor's degree in recreation. She received her master's degree from Western Kentucky in 1986. She began her college coaching career with the Hilltoppers, serving as a graduate assistant coach from 1985-86.