Mitchell native Ryan Miller has been named an assistant coach for the Creighton men’s basketball program.
Miller recently served the previous five seasons as an assistant coach (2016-18) and assistant head coach (2018-21) at TCU. The Horned Frogs reached the postseason three times with Miller on staff, including a 2018 NCAA Tournament trip that was the program's first bid to the Big Dance in 20 seasons. The Frogs' nine Big 12 wins that season remain a program record.
He will start his duties at Creighton on May 1, 2021.
"I had the opportunity to coach against Ryan when he was playing at Northern State," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said in a press release. "I have always admired his toughness and love for the game. He is very skilled from a tactical and development standpoint and has an innovative approach to both offense and defense that is very impressive. On top of that, he is widely recognized as one of the best recruiters in college basketball. We are excited to add him to our coaching staff."
In Miller's first campaign at TCU, the Horned Frogs improved from 12 wins to 24 victories and claimed the NIT title. TCU's 24 victories were tied for the second-most in program history.
Miller is regarded as tone of the top recruiters in the country and helped to lure future NBA first round pick Desmond Bane to TCU. Before his time in Fort Worth, Miller was part of a UNLV staff that landed the nation's No. 11 and No. 5 ranked recruiting classes in 2015 and 2014, respectively.
During his time at UNLV, Miller helped develop and coach Rashad Vaughn who was drafted No. 17 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2015 NBA Draft. Vaughn was a 2014 McDonald's All-America honoree and a consensus five-star recruit, who was ranked as high as No. 8 nationally coming out of Findlay College Prep. He went on to become the Mountain West Freshman of the Year at UNLV after averaging 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
In 2015, Miller, who was named the fourth-best recruiter outside the Power 5 while at UNLV by ESPN's Jeff Borzello and Adam Finkelstein, had a hand in the Rebels garnering commitments from two ESPN Top-100 signees in five star Stephen Zimmerman, who was rated the nation's No. 12 ranked player by ESPN, and Derrick Jones, a four-star recruit who was ranked in the top-50 nationally. Another notable student-athlete during Miller's stay in Las Vegas was Christian Wood who currently plays for the Houston Rockets.
Prior to UNLV Miller had also been an assistant coach at Auburn, New Mexico, Pepperdine and Memphis. Miller has coached in four NCAA Tournaments, won five regular-season titles and one conference tournament title on the sidelines.
Miller will coach his nephew, Mason Miller, at Creighton. Mason Miller, a four-star power forward, is the son of former Mitchell Kernel and NBA swingman Mike Miller.
In addition to Ryan Miller joining Creighton, Jalen Courtney-Williams was also named an assistant at Creighton on Monday. Courtney-Williams joins the Creighton staff after spending the past three seasons at McNeese as an assistant coach.
Creighton finished 22-9 overall and led the BIG EAST with 14 league victories last season, advancing to the program's first Sweet 16 since 1974.