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PHILADELPHIA- The University of Pennsylvania has named Glen Miller the John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball. Miller, who has spent the last seven years as Head Coach at Brown University, replaces Fran Dunphy, who left Penn after 17 years to become Head Coach at Temple University.
Millerwas introduced at a press conference held Wednesday afternoon on the Palestra floor.
In coaching stints at Brown, Connecticut College, and the University of Connecticut, Miller’s teams enjoyed spectacular turnarounds, and he is recognized as one of the brightest and most dedicated coaches in the collegiate ranks today.
“In conducting our search for Fran Dunphy’s successor, we set very high standards,” said University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann. “First and foremost, the next men’s basketball coach would have to embrace the Penn ethos of scholar athletes. That was non-negotiable. Second, our coach would have to excel in teaching and developing both basketball techniques and skills alongside with character. Third, we wanted a coach that would continue Penn’s dominance in the Ivy League. In Glen Miller, we believe we have found a coach that fits the bill.”
“During the search for the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Penn I had the opportunity to interview some outstanding candidates that reinforced my belief that Penn is a special university with a great basketball legacy,” said Steve Bilsky, Director of Athletics. “I heard from scores of university presidents, athletic directors and basketball coaches, and the unanimous opinion is that Glen is a person of integrity, sincerity and uncommon coaching acumen. It’s a pleasure to welcome him to the Penn Athletics family.”
“I am honored and thrilled to have been asked to be a part of the program here at Penn,” said Miller. “The University has a long and storied history as an exceptional program. I eagerly anticipate working with the strong core of players who will be returning next season to continue that tradition of excellence.
“I have always enjoyed bringing my teams to play at The Palestra, and I look forward to enjoying the home court advantage that The Palestra affords our team,” he continued. “I would also like to thank my players as well as the student body, faculty and administration at Brown for the support that I have received.”
Miller inherited a Brown team that went 4-22 overall and 2-12 in league play in 1998-99. During his tenure at Brown, Miller:
· Won more games in his first seven years than any coach in school history (93).
· Established a school record for most victories (63) in a four-year period.
· In 2003, Brown became the first Ivy League team, other than Penn or Princeton, to win 12 league games since 1968.
· Miller has coached the Bears to the most single-season wins (17), the most wins in a two-year span (34), the most wins in a three year span (49), and the most wins over a four year period (57), in school history. Brown’s nine game winning streak in 2002-2003 was their longest since the 1938-39 Bears won 11 straight games.
Dave Roach, former Athletic Director at Brown and current Athletic Director at Colgate, boasts, “Penn is hiring one of the most talented basketball minds in the country in Glen Miller. He is a great recruiter, a tremendous person and a real family man. He will do an excellent job of carrying on the Penn tradition, and the program will be in great hands with Glen at the helm.”
Miller’s turnaround at Connecticut College was also remarkable, orchestrating one of the most dramatic turnarounds in Division III history. After going 10-28 in his first two seasons, Miller’s teams compiled an impressive 85-20 record over his last four years, including:
· A then school record 22 wins in 1998 and the school’s first ever NCAA tournament appearance.
· A perfect 24-0 regular season mark in 1999, culminating with an overall 28-1 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Final Four.
Miller was recognized in 1998 and 1999 as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III Northeast Coach of the Year.
Prior to his arrival at Connecticut College, Miller took part in a similar rebuilding process at the University of Connecticut, serving as assistant coach for seven years under Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun. Miller coached such NBA players as Cliff Robinson, Scott Burrell, Donyell Marshall, Chris Smith, Travis Knight, and Donny Marshall.
“I have been fortunate to know Glen since the days when he was a terrific player and leader for me as a student-athlete,“ said Jim Calhoun, head coach at the University of Connecticut. “He joined me here at Connecticut and it was easy to see immediately that he had as great a knowledge of and feel for the game as anyone I’ve ever been around. His successes to date at Brown and Connecticut College do not surprise me at all. I have no doubt that he will work hard to maintain the outstanding tradition of success and add to the lore that is Penn Basketball. He is a tremendous hire both as a coach and as a person.”
Miller earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. He and his wife, Yvonne, have four children: Tony, Genelle, Jillian, and Emma.
Glen Miller Year-By-Year Coaching Record
1993-94 -- 6-18 at Connecticut College
1994-95 -- 4-20Connecticut College
1995-96 --18-8Connecticut College
1996-97 -- 17-7Connecticut College
1997-98 -- 22-4Connecticut College -- NCAA
1998-99 -- 28-1Connecticut College -- NCAA Semifinalist
1999-2000 -- 8-19 (4-10/7th Ivy) at Brown
2000-01 -- 15-12 (9-5/2nd) at Brown
2001-02 -- 17-10 (8-6/4th) at Brown
2000-01 -- 15-12(9-5/2nd)at Brown
2001-02 -- 17-10(8-6/4th)at Brown
2002-03 -- 17-12(12-2/2nd)at Brown -- NIT bid
2003-04 -- 14-13(10-4/2nd)at Brown
2004-05 -- 12-16(5-9/6th)at Brown
2005-06 -- 10-17 (6-8/5th)at Brown
Career Record: 188-157
At Brown: 93-99 (54-44 Ivy)