Mike Miller, who boasts over 13 years of collegiate coaching experience, enters his second season as associate head coach at UConn.
“Michael is a tireless recruiter and one of the best in college soccer," said head coach Ray Reid. “He is energetic, passionate, extremely driven and a great communicator with student-athletes. He understands that recruiting is the lifeblood of any program. He is going to be a great fit at UConn."
In 2016, the Huskies finished the season with a 11-7-1 record, qualifying for the four-team American Conference Championship. Six Huskies received honors after the year, including First Team All-Conference honors awarded to Kwame Awuah, Jake Nerwinski and Abdou Mbacke Thiam. Nerwinski (seventh overall, Vancouver) and Awuah (16th, NYCFC) were also selected in the First Round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
College Soccer News named Miller one of the top Division I assistant coaches in the country on May 17, 2017.
Miller has a long list of MLS draft picks that he has recruited and coached throughout his 13 years in the college ranks. In addition to Awuah and Nerwinski, Miles Robinson (second overall, 2017) and Jeremy Ebosisse (fourth overall, 2017) were taken in the first round.
Overall, eight players that Miller has coached/recruited have been selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft, including Alex Bono (sixth overall, 2015), Skylar Thomas (11th overall, 2015), Julian Buescher (11th overall, 2015) and Ben Polk (20th overall, 2015).
Miller comes to Storrs after a Major League Soccer stint with Sporting Kansas City as a domestic scout. His responsibilities in scouting included scouting first team players, USL players and academy players.
Prior to his time in the professional ranks, Miller served as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Duke from 2014-16. With the Blue Devils, he was responsible for student-athlete development, fund raising efforts, video analysis, and opponent scouting. In his three seasons at Duke, Miller produced two top 15 recruiting classes with a fourth ranked class in 2014 and 15th overall in 2016.
Before a two-year stretch in Durham, Miller served for four years on the Syracuse staff from 2010-2014. During his time with the Orange, he received honors from College Soccer News as one of the nation’s top assistants in 2013. He was an instrumental figure in helping the Orange bring in three-straight top-40 recruiting classes from 2011-13 and was promoted to Head Recruiting Coordinator in 2011.
His 2012 recruiting class was tabbed 14th nationally by College Soccer News, while the 2013 group featured a trio of top freshmen, including All-ACC second team pick Emil Ekblom. In addition to his recruiting responsibilities, Miller mentored the goalkeepers and handled video editing and opponent scouting. He is the founder of the Syracuse Soccer Goalkeeper Academy.
Miller’s efforts were essential in the Orange’s breakout season in 2012. Syracuse was the most improved team in the nation and advanced to the NCAA round of 16 in just the program’s second NCAA postseason appearance. The Orange finished the year ranked 17th in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Poll, the second time in program history it finished ranked in the final poll of the season.
Miller received his master’s degree while serving as an assistant at Evansville from 2006-10, playing an important role in recruiting and student-athlete development. During his time with the Purple Aces, the former college goalkeeper helped bring two College Soccer News Top 40 classes and worked closely with the goalkeepers. In his first season in Evansville, Miller was part of the nation’s best turnaround, taking a team that went 2-14-1 in 2005 to a 9-8-0 record in 2006.
He got his start in the coaching ranks in 2004 as an assistant at North Florida, coaching for the Ospreys until 2006.
As a student-athlete, Miller played as a keeper from 1999-2004 for Jacksonville University, finishing fifth in single-season shutouts. A two-time Atlantic Sun Player of the Week, he was placed on the All-Conference Tournament team in 2001. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2004.
Miller is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), holds several national coaching licenses and serves as the chair on the group’s committee that is responsible for selecting the national assistant coach of the year.