Courtesy: University of Mississippi
Entering his fifth season as an assistant coach at Ole Miss, Owen Miller has been instrumental in the Rebels' rise to prominence in the Southeastern Conference.
Miller has helped Ole Miss to three postseason berths and a pair of SEC West titles in the last four years, and the Rebel coaching staff has put together 85 wins during that span, just one shy of the school record by a coaching staff in a four-year span.
Hired by Andy Kennedy on April 7, 2006, Miller's primary duties include recruiting and coaching the frontcourt. He has tutored All-SEC center Dwayne Curtis and SEC All-Freshman forward Reginald Buckner, who set a school record with 64 blocks in 2010.
The Gulfport, Miss., native is coaching in the SEC for the second time in his career, having spent three years at Mississippi State where he helped the Bulldogs to a pair of SEC Western Division titles and a Final Four berth.
Prior to his arrival in Oxford, he served as an assistant coach at Colorado State for two seasons and was the recruiting coordinator in his final campaign. At CSU, Miller was involved in every aspect of the Rams' program including on-floor coaching, recruiting and program organization and administration.
Miller joined the Rams after seven years at Texas-San Antonio, including the final four as recruiting coordinator and the last two as associate head coach. While with UTSA, he helped the Roadrunners annually challenge for an NCAA berth, and in six of seven years, the team recorded a second-place finish or better in the Southland Conference. During that span, the Roadrunners won more games than any other team in the league.
Miller's first coaching experience was as an assistant on Richard Williams' Mississippi State staff, 1994-95 through 1996-97. He helped the Bulldogs to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 1995 and a Final Four trip the following year. MSU won the SEC West crown twice in his tenure and captured the league tournament title in 1996.
Miller spent his college playing days at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he played two seasons before finishing his career at Mississippi College. As an MC senior in 1993-94, Miller started 23 games, ranked second on the team in scoring and topped the team in three-pointers. He earned his B.A. in communication from Mississippi College in 1994.
Miller enjoyed a successful prep career at Gulfport High School, helping the team to back-to-back 5A state titles. Playing alongside LSU and NBA standout Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Miller averaged 21.2 points, five rebounds and four assists per game as a senior and was named to the all-state team.
He is married to the former Hollie Jo Mathis of Poplarville, Miss. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law.