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Missouri Offers Lobo Assistant a Job

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Miller Waiting For Interview With AD

New Mexico assistant men’s basketball coach Ryan Miller has been offered an assistant coaching position under Frank Haith at Missouri, and could be named to the Tigers’ staff as early as this week, the Journal has learned.

Miller has coached at UNM for all five seasons since Steve Alford became Lobos head coach in 2007.

Miller could not be reached for comment on Monday, but multiples sources confirmed he was waiting to be interviewed by Missouri athletic director Mike Alden before making a decision about the Big 12 school.

A position at Missouri opened when assistant Isaac Chew left for an assistant coaching spot at Illinois. Missouri assistant Tim Fuller was promoted to associate head coach with the Tigers two weeks ago.

Missouri went 30-5 during Haith’s first season in 2011-12, and earned a No. 2 in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big 12 tournament. The Tigers spent much of the season ranked in the nation’s top five, but were upset by 15th-seeded Norfolk State 86-84 in their first game of the NCAA Tournament.

The Lobos have gone 125-46 with two NCAA Tournament appearances during Miller’s five years under Alford at UNM, and have won a game in each of those trips, including this past season.

Miller, brother of the Miami Heat’s Mike Miller, was director of basketball operations under current Kentucky coach John Calipari, when the later was head coach at Memphis. Miller was also an assistant at Pepperdine before he came to UNM, and recruited former Lobo star Darington Hobson to New Mexico. He was also the Lobos’ lead-recruiter for current UNM players Hugh Greenwood and Demetrius Walker.

Miller, 36, was born in Mitchell, S.D., and played at Northern State (Aberdeen, SD) under Tim Miles, who just left Colorado State to become head coach at Nebraska.

Last month, Miles told the Journal “I have high, high respect for Ryan Miller as a coach and a person. It’s only a matter of time before he lands a job at a BCS school.”
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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