By Jeremiah Johnson and Larry Hawley
INDIANAPOLIS – Once again, Butler has decided to keep their men’s basketball coach hire within the family.
On Saturday athletic director Barry Collier decided to hire current Bulldogs assistant coach Brandon Miller as the next leader of the Butler basketball program, replacing Brad Stevens who left earlier in the week to take the head coaching job with the NBA’s Boston Celtics.
Miller would be introduced Saturday at a 4:30 P.M news conference at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
A native of New Castle, Miller originally came to Butler in April to be an assistant for Stevens, replacing Matt Graves who left for South Alabama. Last season Miller was a special assistant to head coach John Groce at Illinois. Miller was also an assistant at Butler during the 2007-2008 season, with other coaching stops coming at Xavier and Ohio State.
Miller is a former Butler basketball player who came to the school in 2000 after transferring from Southwest Missouri State after head coach Steve Alford left for Iowa. During his three seasons at Butler he scored 1,121 points and made 189 three pointers in helping the team to a Sweet 16 appearance in 2003.
Following that Miller was hired as a video intern at Xavier by head coach Thad Matta, who was the guard’s coach for one season at Butler. When Matta left for Ohio State he brought Miller along to be the Director of Basketball Operations for two years and a video coordinator for one before leaving for a season at Butler in Stevens’ first season.
After the 2007-2008 season, Miller was reunited with Matta at Ohio State as a full time assistant coach and served in that position till 2011 when he left the position to spend more time with his family.