The winds of change continue with the University of Memphis basketball team. The last gust of wind blew assistant coach Mike Miller from the sidelines.
Miller informed Tiger Nation of his decision to step down via Instagram.
“The last two years have been amazing, and I have so many people to thank: Coach Hardaway for believing in me, all our players for the commitment, the University of Memphis and its incredible fans, my wonderful wife and kids, and the entire city of Memphis for everything you have done for me and my family. All of you made this opportunity possible for me, and I’m truly grateful,” said Miller.
“As much as I’ve loved this job and had a blast being part of the special program Coach is building, the past few months have made me realize that it’s time for me to spend more time focused on family and wherever the journey will take me next,” he said.
“I will find a way to stay in basketball and continue to make an impact on this city that I love so much! I will always be a TIGER.”
Miller has two sons, who are playing high school basketball at Houston High School. The oldest is senior Mason Miller and the younger is Maverick Miller.
Both players have received offers to play at various schools, including the University of Memphis.
Mike Miller was rumored to be a candidate for the University of Nevada Las Vegas opening last season. It was widely speculated that Miller would be a candidate for a head coaching position this season.
The way the season ended did not result in many jobs openings that would have fit into Miller’s criteria.
The retired NBA veteran helped Lebron James and the Miami Heat win an NBA title. He did not close the door to returning to the sidelines anytime soon.
A vital piece in the recruiting process for Hardaway, Miller led the recruiting for Boogie Ellis, Precious Achiuwa and Lester Quinones.
His departure will hurt because of all of the contacts he has with grassroots programs across the country.