Spent past five years on staff with Alford at UNM
Ryan Miller is in his sixth year as an assistant coach at New Mexico. He came to UNM after a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Pepperdine. Miller's time at UNM has coincided with the most successful five-year span in school history, as UNM is 126-46 over that timeframe.
With the Lobos, Miller handles all aspects of coaching, and one of his main responsibilities is advance scouting and game preparation. Miller's in-depth scouting reports and use of technology have enhanced UNM's reputation as one of the most prepared teams in the nation.
Along with in-game coaching and scouting, Miller during the season works with UNM's guards, and is considered one of the top recruiters in the nation. Miller's contacts range throughout the United States, to foreign countries such as Australia, where he once played.
Miller's scouting and pre-game prep have helped the Lobos to not just 126 wins, but to 38 road wins over the last five years, including a school record 14-wins away from home in 2011-12.
Miller was a basketball operations assistant at Memphis under head coach John Calipari from 2004-06. During his three years at Memphis, the Tigers compiled a 78-28 (.736) record and made three postseason tournament appearances, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament.
In December of 2002, Miller was named head coach of the Dakota Lightning Boltz of the Midwest Professional Basketball League. In his only season as head coach, Miller led the Boltz to a 14-5 record and a league title.
Miller was a two-time Northern Sun all-conference and all-academic selection. He finished his career eighth on Northern State's all-time scoring list after guiding his teams to four straight conference championships and the 1998 regional title. Miller was a Division II All-American following the 1997-1998 season. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in physical education.
Following his collegiate playing career in 1999, Miller was drafted into the CBA. His professional career included playing for the Fargo-Moorhead Beez of the International Basketball Association (IBA) in 1999. He also played for the Dakota Gold of the IBA where he served as a player/assistant coach during the 2000-01 season.
Miller also played two summers in Melbourne, Australia (2000 and 2001) where helped his team to a league championship and was named the league's Most Valuable Player. Miller attended Mitchell Senior High in Mitchell, S.D., where he was a two-time all-state performer, leading Mitchell to the 1994 state championship. His brother, Mike, currently plays for the Miami Heat in the NBA.