Miller joined the program in 2011 and has more than 16 years of collegiate basketball playing and coaching experience, including serving as a graduate assistant coach to Bob Knight, who ranks third on the all-time NCAA Division I wins list.
Miller’s seven-year career as head coach at Trine University has included seven consecutive top-4 MIAA finishes which culminated in seven consecutive trips to the MIAA tournament. The Thunder have posted an overall record of 105-78 under Miller’s guidance including a 57-41 mark against MIAA foes. In 2016, Trine advanced to the MIAA Tournament Championship game for the first time in school history after defeating No. 5 Hope College on its home floor in the semifinal 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.
In 2015-16, the Thunder set a school record for most wins in the NCAA Division III era 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 Jan. 4, 2016 at No. 23. The team was led by senior Jared Holmquist, who was named the 2016 Capital One Academic All-American Player of the Year and DIII News National Player of the Month for November. Holmquist was voted second-team NABC All-Region and received first-team All-MIAA 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 had six different players named first-team ALL-MIAA 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, 2017), Jared Holmquist (2015, 2016), and Myles Copeland (2018) as well as two Defensive Player of the Year Award winners (Ellis Cummings 2017, Maurice Hunter 2018). Jackson, Dixon, Holmquist, & Copeland have also garnered All-Great Lakes Region honors throughout their careers. Myles Copeland was also named the U.S. Basketball Writers Associates National Division III Player of the Week for his performance between February 5th-11th 2018 where he scored 41 points in a home victory over Calvin College followed by a 37 point outburst in a road win at Albion.
They have also set the MIAA record for free throw percentage in a conference season at 85 percent in 2014-15 and have lead the MIAA in that category five of the last seven years. The Thunder defense has been a staple of success as it has led the MIAA in overall scoring defense four of the last five years as well as holding opponents to a conference best 42.1% from the field in 2018.
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. The program repeated this honor in 2015-16 with a 3.39 team GPA, making it one of only two programs to do so in the MIAA during that timeframe.
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 and 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, son Champ and daughter Jordan reside in Angola.