Assistant Head Coach-Linebackers
Bill Miller, who is in his second stint on the University of Minnesota coaching staff, brings 35 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Gophers. The well-respected Miller holds the title of assistant head coach and is also responsible for coaching the linebackers.
Miller has worked with virtually a who's who in the college football coaching world. In addition to working with coach Jerry Kill, Miller served on staffs under Nick Saban, Jimmy Johnson, Ron Zook, Dirk Koetter, Chuck Shelton, Pat Jones, College Football Hall of Fame member Chris Ault and the late Bud Elliott.
He was a semifinalst for the Broyles Award, which is presented annually to college football's Assistant Coach of the Year, while at Michigan State (2000) and Florida (2003). Miller has been on staff with five teams that have won conference championships and has coached in 10 bowl games.
Prior to joining the Gophers, Miller most recently coached the linebackers and served as the co-defensive coordinator for the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2009 season.
Miller's previous experience at Minnesota was from 1986-88, when he served as the Gophers' defensive backs coach on John Gutekunst's staff. He helped lead Minnesota to a 20-17 win at Michigan as the Gophers handed the previously unbeaten and second-ranked Wolverines their first loss of the season. The win helped Minnesota qualify for the 1986 Liberty Bowl where they played Tennessee.
Miller coached the linebackers at Louisville in 2008 and had been promoted to defensive coordinator before accepting the aforementioned position at Kansas. Miller was the defensive coordinator at Western Michigan in 2007.
He was the defensive coordinator at Arizona State from 2005-06 on coach Koetter's staff and quickly turned around the Sun Devil defense. In one year, he took the Arizona State defense from last in the Pac-10 to second (behind USC) in total defense.
In 2003-04, Miller was the associate head coach and linebackers coach at Florida. He spent 1999-2002 at Michigan State as the Spartans' defensive coordinator on coach Saban's staff. While in East Lansing, Miller's defense finished first in the Big Ten in total defense and the Spartans beat Florida in the 2000 Citrus Bowl.
From 1995-98, he ran the defense for Miami (Fla.) and won two Big East championships as a member of coach Davis' staff. From 1989-94, Miller was the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.
He coordinated the defense at Nevada from 1983-85. His defense led the Big Sky in total defense twice as the Wolf Pack won two Big Sky championships during his tenure.
His first full-time job in collegiate coaching was in 1981, when he coached the secondary at Drake for two seasons. Miller got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Texas-Arlington in 1978 on coach Elliott's staff. He followed that with a stint as a graduate assistant for two seasons (1979-80) at Oklahoma State under coach Johnson.
Miller, who also coached in the 1991 Blue-Gray Football Classic, is a graduate of Hutchinson (Kan.) High School. He played two years at Hutchinson Junior College in 1974-75 and then finished his collegiate career playing safety at Texas-Arlington in 1976-77.
Miller, who earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Texas-Arlington in 1978, and his wife Lisa have two children. Cole (21) is a senior at Michigan State, while Jackson (18) is a walk-on defensive end at Minnesota.
THE MILLER FILE
2011: Minnesota - Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers
2009: Kansas - Linebackers/Co-Defensive Coordinator
2008: Louisville - Linebackers
2007: Western Michigan - Defensive Coordinator
2005-06: Arizona - Defensive Coordinator
2003-04: Florida - Associate Head Coach/Linebackers
1999-02: Michigan State - Defensive Coordinator
1995-98: Miami (Fla.) - Defensive Coordinator
1989-94: Oklahoma State - Defensive Coordinator
1986-88: Minnesota - Defensive Backs
1983-85: Nevada - Defensive Coordinator
1981-82: Drake - Defensive Backs
1979-80: Oklahoma State - Graduate Assistant
1978: Texas-Arlington - Graduate Assistant
Hutchinson Junior College, 1974-75
B.S., Texas-Arlington, 1978
Hutchinson (Kan.), 1974