The Butler Bulldogs and athletic director Barry Collier have again kept it in the family.
Collier has hired Brandon Miller to be the next head coach at Butler University.
Miller replaces Brad Stevens, who left on July 3rd to take the head coaching position for the NBA’s Boston Celtics.
Miller, 34, was recently hired by Stevens as an assistant coach this off season.
Prior to returning to Butler, Miller spent time on Thad Matta’s staff at Butler, Xavier, and Ohio State, before leaving the coaching ranks for one year.
Miller most recently worked at Illinois in a non-coaching, non-recruiting position.
Most Butler fans will remember Miller for a stellar career at Butler from 2001 to 2003, leading the Bulldogs to a 77-20 record and three trips to the post-season. Miller scored 1,121 in his three seasons at Butler.
His most famous play as a Bulldog came almost 10 years to the day of his return to Butler for the second time as an assistant coach. In The Opening round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament, Miller hit a runner with 6.2 seconds left which helped Butler beat Mississippi State on their way to the Sweet 16.
Collier made a thorough search of candidates that were associated with Butler in order to continue The Butler Way and provide a smooth transition for the players, fans, and community.
Miller brings a lot of experience to the table and gives the Bulldogs a tenacious recruiter. In his time at Ohio State, Miller was connected with numerous high profile recruits including Sam Thompson.
Miller certainly has large shoes to fill by following Stevens.
The former head coach spent 6 season at Butler and collected a record of 166-49, the most wins by a coach in his first 6 seasons. He also led Butler to back-to-back Final Fours and National Championship Game appearances.
Miller has to get started quickly. The Bulldogs are headed to the South Pacific for a trip around Australia. It will be a time for the players to get to know their new head coach and for the team to bond heading into their first season in the Big East.
Butler has six freshman for the 2013-14 season and will be able to grow with their new head coach.