Miller joined the program in 2011 and has more than 15 years of collegiate basketball playing and coaching experience, including serving as a graduate assistant coach to Bob Knight, who ranks 3rd on the all-time NCAA Division I wins list.
Miller’s five year career as head coach of the Thunder has included five consecutive winning seasons with an overall record of 79-52 for a winning percentage of .658. The Thunder have also compiled a 40-30 MIAA record during that time frame. The Thunder have advanced to the post season each year under Miller and his staff. This past season, Trine advanced to the 2016 MIAA Tournament Championship game for the first time in school history after defeating No. 5 Hope College on its home floor in the semi-final round. Miller also led Trine to its first-ever home game in the MIAA Semifinals in 2014-15 as the Thunder placed second in the conference.
For the second year in a row the 2015-16’ Thunder set a school record for most wins in a season at 18, topping the 2014-15’ team’s record of 17 victories. The 2015-16’ team also tied the Trine University/Tri-State University record for best start (10-1) to a season as well as achieving the University’s first-ever NCAA DIII National ranking, debuting in the poll on January 4th, 2016 at #23. The team was led by senior Jared Holmquist who was named the 2016 Capitol One Academic All-American Player of the Yea and DIII News National Player of the Month for November. Holmquist was voted to the NABC All-Region 2nd Team and received All-MIAA First Team honors for a second consecutive season. He was also awarded the MIAA Player of the Week on three separate occasions in 2015-16’. Junior Will Dixon was also named to the All-MIAA First Team for the second year in a row for his performance in 2015-16, as well as being chosen as the MIAA Player of the Week twice which also included being named to the National Team of the week in early December.
In Miller’s time at Trine, the Thunder have produced five players that have earned eight different selections to the All-MIAA First Team including 2013 MIAA Player of the Year and Third Team All-American Ian Jackson (2012, 2013). Scott Rogers (2012), Tyler Good (2014), Will Dixon (2015, 2016) and Jared Holmquist (2015, 2016) have also been named First Team All-MIAA. The Thunder have gained a reputation for valuing the basketball under Miller’s watch leading the MIAA in each of his four seasons in turnover margin and ranking second nationally in fewest turnovers per game in 2014 at 9.0. They have also set the MIAA mark for free throw percentage in a conference season at 85 percent in 2014-15’ and have lead the MIAA in that category four of the last five years. The Thunder defense has also been a staple of their success as it has lead the conference in overall defensive scoring in each of the last three seasons.
The 2013-14 team reached a major milestone by compiling a 3.07 overall program GPA in the classroom that has sparked a string of three consecutive years where the Thunder have finished above a 3.0 in team GPA. Under Miller, Trine has elevated its game academically to among the best in all of college basketball. During the 2014-15 school year, the Thunder achieved a 3.4 cumulative grade-point average to rank among the top 13 percent of all collegiate basketball programs in academic performance. The team has had eight members named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court over the last three years, including five two-time honorees.
Miller's basketball career started when he was a player at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich. At Hillsdale in 2003, Miller was selected team captain, Academic All-Conference, and team Defensive Player of the Year. Hillsdale reached the NCAA Division II National Tournament in back to back years for the first time in school history during Miller’s sophomore and junior season’s in 2001 & 2002.
After college, Miller worked as the head assistant men's basketball coach at Hillsdale College. He helped coach and or recruit five All-Conference players and worked as head of scouting and recruiting. In 2007, his career took him to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he served as a graduate assistant coach to Bob Knight and was involved with on-campus recruiting and player development. In 2009, he became the Head Assistant Men’s Basketball coach and National Recruiting Coordinator at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. While at South Plains, Coach Miller coached and or recruited nine players that would transfer on to NCAA Division I Universities.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in History and Physical Education from Hillsdale College and a Master’s degree in Exercise Sport Science from Texas Tech University.
Brooks, his wife Gretchen, and son Champ reside in Angola