University of Saint Joseph Athletic Director Bill Cardarelli has announced the hiring of Glen Miller – former Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Connecticut and Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Connecticut College, the University of Pennsylvania and Brown University – as the full-time Associate Director of Men’s Basketball at USJ.
“Coach Miller has exactly the experience and coaching success needed to get this men’s basketball program built in the right way,” stated Cardarelli. “Glen is the perfect man for the job. He is someone who has not only had great success at this level, coaching Connecticut College to a Division III Final Four in 1999, but has 11 years of head coaching experience at the Division I level at two of the nation's finest schools, Penn and Brown. His commitment to both education and athletic excellence will help USJ tremendously as we open our doors to male students for the first time next year," Cardarelli added.
Joining the USJ staff in October 2017, Coach Miller will begin working immediately alongside the Blue Jays’ Men’s Basketball Consultant Jim Calhoun to lead the effort to build USJ’s first-ever men’s basketball program for the 2018-19 season as USJ is set to go coeducational for the fall 2018 semester. Miller and Calhoun’s initial efforts will be revolved around recruiting, scheduling and managing day-to-day operations of the startup program.
"Glen is Connecticut born and raised and knows the state and the basketball landscape as well as anyone, and he also has extensive experience recruiting on a national level. We are thrilled to have him as the person who will be running the daily operations of the men's basketball team in preparation for the start of play in the fall of 2018," said Cardarelli.
Glen Miller brings an extensive and highly successful coaching background to USJ. He spent a total of 14 years on staff at the University of Connecticut, including the previous seven since returning to UConn in 2010-11 after head coaching stints at Connecticut College, Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania. Five of the last seven years on staff with the Huskies, Miller served as the Associate Head Coach under current Head Coach Kevin Ollie.
"Basketball has done so much for me in my life, and so much of it right here in Connecticut, from Fitch High School in Groton to playing and coaching at UConn to coaching at Connecticut College. And to now land here at a wonderful educational institution like USJ, where Bill and I will spend every day for the next year building something special from the ground up, is a true thrill for me. I can't wait to get started," Miller said. "I sincerely thank President Rhona Free, the Sisters of Mercy and Bill Cardarelli for having the faith in me and giving me this amazing opportunity."
Miller rejoined Coach Jim Calhoun’s UConn staff in 2010-11 as Director of Basketball Administration following 17 years of head coaching experience at Connecticut College, Brown University, and the University of Pennsylvania. One year later, in 2011-12, he moved into the role of full-time assistant coach and when Ollie took over as head coach in 2012-13, Miller was appointed Associate Head Coach. While at UConn, he was an integral part of all practice work, game strategy, recruiting and scheduling. Miller’s primary responsibility dealt with film breakdown and evaluation of opponents.
Miller’s Division I head coaching experience began at Brown in 1999-2000, where his teams set school records for wins in a two-, three-, four-, and five-year span, as well as most Ivy League wins in a season. He recruited and developed 10 all-conference players and the Ivy League’s 2004 Player of the Year.
Following seven years at Brown, Miller was hired as head coach of the prestigious program at Penn in 2006. He led the Quakers to the Ivy League Championship and a NCAA Tournament berth in 2006-07, setting the school record for most Ivy League wins by a first-year coach. He spent three full years and part of a fourth as the Penn head coach before returning to UConn.
Prior to taking over at Brown, Miller enjoyed a highly-successful span as head coach at Division III Connecticut College. In six seasons, beginning in 1993, Miller led Conn College to unprecedented heights, including a 28-1 record, a No. 1 national ranking, and a berth in the Division III Final Four in 1998-99. Overall, in 17 seasons as a college basketball head coach, Miller has compiled 233 victories.
A native of Groton where he starred at Fitch High School, Miller played for two seasons at UConn, then played two seasons for Calhoun at Northeastern. He joined Calhoun’s first staff at UConn in 1986 and worked with the Huskies for seven seasons before being named head coach at Conn College in 1993.
Born Aug. 20, 1961, Miller and his wife Yvonne reside in Mansfield and are the parents of four children: Tony, Genelle, Jillian, and Emma.