The guy taking over for David Fizdale as head coach of the New York Knicks is a basketball lifer with a resume heavy on basketball jobs in Texas.
There is no telling how long the 55-year-old will be at the helm for the ‘Bockers, who fired David Fizdale on Friday after a pair of blowout losses to the Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets.
Miller was the head coach of the Knicks’ G-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, four four seasons. He led them to a 108-92 (.540) over that span.
In 2017-18, he was named the G-League’s Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year after piloting Westchester to a 32-18 (.640) record and the best record in the League’s Eastern Conference. Miller led Westchester to the G-League Playoffs in three of his four seasons as head coach. He was named G-League Coach of the Month for November 2016, leading Westchester to a 6-0 mark.
Miller joined the Westchester Knicks on October 6, 2015, after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with the Austin Spurs, the G League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs.
Miller brings nearly three decades of coaching experience to his first NBA position.
Just prior to joining the Austin Spurs, he served as an assistant at UC Riverside in 2012-13. From 2005-06 through 2011-12, Miller was the head coach at Eastern Illinois University, leading the Panthers to a 75-130 (.366) overall mark.
Miller’s first head-coaching experience came with six seasons (1994-95 thru 1999-2000) at Texas State University, posting an 87-79 (.524) overall record. He led Texas State to two Southland Conference regular season championships (1996-97 and 1998-99) and to an NCAA Tournament berth in 1997, when he was named Southland Conference Coach of the Year.
The Monmouth, Ill. native has also been an assistant coach at Kansas State (2001-05), Texas State (1992-94), Sam Houston State (1990-91) and Western Illinois (1989-90). Miller played college ball at East Texas State, helping to lead the squad to the 1984 Lone Star Conference championship.
He graduated from East Texas State in 1987. Born on August 14, 1964, Mike and his wife Kelly are proud parents of Matt and Joey, the latter of whom played in 25 games for the 2016-17 Westchester Knicks.