Butler athletic director Barry Collier didn’t have to search far when seeking a replacement for former coach Brad Stevens, who left to be come head coach of the Boston Celtics. On July 6, 2013, three days after Stevens departed, Collier introduced former player and Butler assistant coach Brandon Miller as the Bulldogs’ 22nd men’s basketball head coach.
The announcement completed Miller’s decade-long coaching journey that had stops at Xavier, Ohio State, Butler, Illinois and Butler again. He became the fourth consecutive former Butler assistant coach to be promoted to head coach of the Bulldogs.
Miller joined Stevens’ staff as an assistant coach for the second time in April of 2013, after five years away from his alma mater. He previously served as an assistant coach at Butler during the 2007-08 season, helping the Bulldogs to a 30-4 record, conference regular season and tournament championships and a berth in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Butler was ranked in the national top 25 for 20 weeks, reaching as high as No. 8, during that season.
Miller spent the 2012-13 season as a special assistant for
University of Illinois' head coach John Groce, a former Butler
assistant coach. With Miller on staff, the Fighting Illini
recorded a 23-13 record and captured a spot in the NCAA Tournament
Third Round. Included in the successful campaign was a victory over
Butler in the championship game of the 2012 EA Sports Maui
Prior to his single season at Illinois, Miller spent one year in private business and six years on the staff of head coach Thad Matta, a 1990 Butler graduate, at Ohio State. He served three years as an assistant coach, two seasons as director of basketball operations and one year as video coordinator. During his tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes won four Big Ten titles, made three NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances and advanced to the 2007 NCAA championship game. He began his career as a video intern on Matta's staff at Xavier in 2003-04.
A native of New Castle, Ind., Miller was a top performer on Butler teams that compiled a three-year 77-20 record, three conference championships and three trips to postseason tournament play. He arrived at Butler in 1999, transferring from Southwest Missouri State where he played under head coach Steve Alford. After sitting out one season, he started 97 straight games and was just one of eight Butler players to record more than 1,000 points in just three seasons. He was the leading scorer on Butler's 2002-03 squad, helping the Bulldogs to a 27-6 record, a league championship and a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16.
Miller finished his career ranked among Butler's all-time leaders in points (1,121), three-point field goals (189) and assists (305). He earned All-Horizon League, Horizon League All-Defensive and Academic All-League recognition, and he was named Butler's Co-Team MVP in 2003. As a senior, Miller was chosen as Butler's Co-Most Outstanding Male Athlete, and he received the Horizon League's Cecil M. Coleman Medal of Honor, the league's highest individual award. He also was named recipient of the 2003 Chip Hilton Award, presented annually to a NCAA Division I senior who demonstrates outstanding leadership, character, integrity, sportsmanship and talent. In 2006, he was named to the 15-player Butler Team of the Sesquicentennial.
Miller earned a bachelor's degree from Butler in 2003. He and his wife, Holly, have two sons, Mason and Michael.