Women's Volleyball


Kent Miller
Kent Miller

Position:
Assistant Coach

Birthdate:
05/10/1961

kamillr@illinois.edu
217/333-8609

The Miller File

Hometown
Anchorage, Alaska

Education
BS, Engineering Physics - Oregon State University, 1984

Family
Wife, Melissa

Playing Experience
Oregon State Club Team, 1979-84
USAV Columbia Empire Region, 1984-85
USA Volleyball Open Nationals, 1986

Coaching Experience
Assistant Coach
Oregon State University, 1980-84

Assistant Coach
University of Alaska-Anchorage, 1985

Assistant Coach
U.S. Junior National Team
(Silver Medal, NORCECA Championships)

Head Coach
National U.S. Training Team
(Silver Medal, Pan-American Games)

Assistant Coach
USA Volleyball National Team 1987-96

Head Coach
San Diego Spikers, 1994-95
(NPV league titles in 1994 and 1995)

Head Coach
Team Forster (Beach Volleyball), 1994

Head Coach
Team Chrysler
(World Club Championships), 1992-94

Head Coach
University of Toledo, 1997-2008

Assistant Coach
University of Illinois, 2009-present

Kent Miller begins his third year as assistant coach for Illinois. He has played a significant role in scouting, practice planning and training, player evaluation and game strategy for an elite program that reached as high as No. 3 in the national rankings and produced five AVCA All-Americans.

Miller has 27 years of coaching experience in the volleyball world, including 10 with the U.S. National Team and 12 as a collegiate head coach.

Like head coach Kevin Hambly, Miller is still heavily involved with USA Volleyball on a national and international level. He was an assistant coach for the USA Women's Olympic Team from 1987-1996, serving as first technical coordinator, then as offensive coordinator. In that time, the U.S. team earned the bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games and the 1990 World Championships while claiming the gold at the 1995 World Grand Prix.

Miller came to Illinois after serving as the head coach of the University of Toledo from 1997-2008. He inherited a challenging situation at Toledo, a program that had just two winning seasons in 17 years and built the Rockets into respectability. That included a 17-11 campaign in 2001, back-to-back winning seasons in 2004 and 2005 and two semifinal appearances in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. The '01 squad posted the school's first-ever winning mark in the Mid American Conference with a 10-8 record.

Under Miller, the Rockets broke 25 school records while establishing a tradition of success in the classroom. The program posted a combined team grade-point average of over 3.00 for 22 straight semesters under Miller's watch and a 3.30 or better in 17 of the last 20 semesters.

Miller's experience also includes coaching the San Diego Spikers to the National Volleyball Association title in both 1994 and 1995, while also guiding Team Forster to fourth on the Bud Light Pro Beach Tour and Team Chrysler to the gold medal at the 1993 America's Festival.

A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Miller earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering physics from Oregon State University in 1984. He played on the OSU Club Team and competed in the USA Volleyball Open Nationals in 1986. He was an assistant coach at OSU from 1980-84, helping guide the Beavers to a 24-9-1 record and an NCAA appearance in 1983. Miller also spent 1985 as an assistant coach at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, helping to initiate the program's first comprehensive recruiting system.

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