Miller leaving Groce's staff

Miller leaving Groce's staff

CHAMPAIGN — Brandon Miller, who served as John Groce’s special assistant this past season, is leaving the Illinois program to join Brad Stevens’ staff at Butler, according to multiple sources.

Miller will replace Matthew Graves on the Butler staff. Graves left to take the head coaching job at South Alabama last week.

Miller, 33, was a three-year starter at point guard for the Bulldogs from 2000 to ’03, leading the Bulldogs to the Sweet 16 as a senior. A native of New Castle, Ind., Miller’s coaching career began as a video intern at Xavier in 2004 under Thad Matta, for whom he played at Butler. Miller then spent three years at Ohio State with Matta, two seasons as the director of operations and another as video coordinator before becoming an assistant coach under Stevens at his alma mater in 2008.

Miller returned to Ohio State as an assistant coach from 2009 to ’11, then spent a year away from the game before joining Groce at Illinois.

Miller’s primary responsibility with the Illini was advanced scouting. He wasn’t permitted to do any on-court coaching or off-campus recruiting at Illinois. He will be able to do both in his new position at Butler.

Miller could not be reached for comment.

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Illini737 wrote on April 01, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Hey, wasn't it originally reported that Miller wanted to take the position at Illinois so that he could spend more time with his family and not have to travel like a typical assistant? I thought that was a perfect fit for him at Illinois and the reason he left Ohio State in the first place because of burn out. Are we missing something here or has Miller simply made the change to return to his alma mater? From the article I read in the paper when he was hired, it sounded like Groce offered him everything he wanted in a college basketball position so he could take advantage of daily contact with his children while they were growing up. And the way he was so highly thought of, it makes me wonder just how significant of a loss he is to our team and our advanced recruiting.

coryfor3 wrote on April 02, 2013 at 9:04 am

My understanding of that prior article wasn't that he took the position only because it was perfect but rather because it was a position in basketball with a person he liked and in an area that was familiar territory. He originally left coaching because of family and the prior article indicates that he couldn't stay away from the game. So he got back in and took a job that he was overqualified for so he could do so. So another job came open at Butler in an even more familiar territory as a full assistant with another guy he likes. Same sort of situation with more responsibility and a better chance to move up to a head coaching gig sooner. I don't think he was in the Illinois job to maintain family time- he got out to do that and much like a lot of coaches was not able to stay away.  

I think the bigger surprise is that Graves left Butler for South Alabama. I've seen Graves' name tossed around for better jobs than that. I can't imagine something better hasn't been or wouldn't later be offered to Graves. Maybe he wanted to go there for a reason unknown to me.