Matta Adds Miller To Hoops Staff

It didn't take Ohio State men's basketball coach Thad Matta long to replace trusted assistant John Groce on his staff. To fill the void, Matta went to a familiar face in Brandon Miller, a former player and coach under OSU's head man. The university announced the hiring Tuesday.

As it turns out, the most logical conclusion turned out to be the one realized for the Ohio State men's basketball team in its search for a new assistant coach.

Butler assistant Brandon Miller, the former Buckeye staff member who was rumored to join the OSU staff as soon as John Groce departed earlier this summer, has been hired by the program to be a full-time assistant. Head coach Thad Matta announced the hire Tuesday.

Miller is a former player and coach under Matta.

"Brandon is a person I had the utmost respect for as a player and now have for as a coach," Matta said in a university release. "I recruited him out of high school and coached him at Butler. He worked for me at Xavier and was crucial to the early success we experienced at Ohio State our first three years. … He has been part of our coaching family and knows how I operate and what my vision is for this program. Brandon is very passionate about Ohio State and what this university represents and I know he is thrilled to call Columbus home once again."

On the coaching front, Miller was Ohio State's director of basketball operations in 2005 and '06 before moving to a position as the team's video coordinator a year later when OSU reached the NCAA title game. After that season, he went to Butler as an assistant where he worked on recruiting, skills instruction, game preparation and on-court coaching.

As a player, Miller transferred into the Butler program after a year at Southwest Missouri State and spent one year each under Barry Collier, Matta and Todd Lickliter. Starting 97 consecutive games, the guard finished his career with 1,121 points, 189 three-pointers and 305 assists and led Butler to a 77-20 record in his three seasons. As a senior in 2003, he helped lead the Bulldogs to the Sweet 16.

"He knows the collegiate game as a player having played in two NCAA Sweet 16's and as a coach having been part of an Atlantic 10 championship and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance, two Big Ten championships and an NCAA national championship game appearance," Matta said.

Miller, 29, is from New Castle, Ind. He and his wife, Holly, have an infant son, Mason. He earned a bachelor's degree in education from Butler in 2003 and joins a staff that retains Archie Miller and Alan Major.

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