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Coach Dave Miller
Dave Miller is one of basketball's most versatile and energetic radio and television personalities. Currently he serves as the Host of the KIA Motors Laker Shoot Around Show, the Laker's half-time report, as well as the Verizon Lakers Line post game show in Los Angeles, California. During the NBA playoffs he became a regular contributor on Mike and Mike in the morning as well as Sports Center, Outside the Lines, and various national radio broadcasts in the ESPN network. He also was hired by the Big Ten Network as a college basketball analyst this past 2011 - 2012 season.
Miller's passion and enthusiasm combined with his knowledge of the game has set him apart from other broadcasters. He has coached at every level of basketball from AAU to being an NBA bench assistant with the New Orleans Hornets. His 17 years in college basketball has taken him from the Patriot League to the Pac-10. He is still considered one of the all-time best recruiters in NCAA basketball. In 1996-97 he was voted the 'Most Visible Assistant Coach in the Nation' by Hoop Scoop. After his hire at the University of Southern California he immediately established himself as one of the Pac-10's premier recruiters. According to Dick Vitale of ESPN, 'Dave Miller implemented a NATIONAL Recruiting effort and helped put USC basketball on the map nationally!' His tireless work ethic and preparation that was his trademark in the coaching profession is very easily noticed in each and every broadcast he participates in. He has the respect of players and coaches at all levels to keep it real without sugar coating the facts. Miller's collegiate stops included Eastern Kentucky University where he earned his Master's Degree in Sports Administration, The University of Texas, Arizona State University, West Point, Utah State, and the University of Southern California.
Dave Miller's perseverance, work ethic, drive and never accepting no was very apparent in his first two Trojan recruiting classes. This group of young men made a magical run in the 2001 NCAA March Madness. After upsetting Oklahoma State, Boston College, and Kentucky they came up one win shy of making their first Final Four appearance after losing to the eventual National Champion Duke Blue Devils in the Elite Eight at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pa. As Henry Bibby's top assistant for 5 seasons, Miller's primary responsibilities included recruiting coordinator, development of post players, as well as being his offensive coordinator. The Trojan's made 3 post season tournaments out of the 5 years as they built a foundation from the ground up. Miller was then hired by former Show Time Laker Byron Scott in 2005 as an assistant coach in the NBA. When Scott hired Dave Miller he let New Orleans know that 'Dave Miller would be an integral part of improving his team and helping him get them to the next level.' Miller did just that, the Hornet's were the most improved team in the NBA in Miller's first season. They experienced a 20 game improvement over their win total from the previous season. Miller was in charge of all pre and post practice player development as well as having a major emphasis on developing the guards. One of those guards happened to be a rookie named Chris Paul. Paul went onto to average 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 7.8 assists on his way to being named the 2006 T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Year. He was a six time Western conference rookie of the month (only 4 other players in NBA history have accomplished this feat: Carmelo Anthony, Lebron James, Tim Duncan, and David Robinson). CP3 also led all rookies in points, assists, steals, minutes played, double-doubles, and triple doubles.
In addition to his Laker responsibilities on the flagship station 710 ESPN, Miller also hosts a weekly radio show called the Weekend Warrior where he teams up with Dr. Robert Klapper and they discuss sports, health, injuries and treatments with Southern California sports fans. Miller also continues to teach the youth of America the basics of basketball and life lessons at his www.mvpcamp.com basketball camps where he keeps the fun in fundamentals and preaches his GOALS are much higher than 10 feet!
Raised in Allentown, Pa., Miller graduated from Springfield College the 'Birthplace of Basketball' and asked his wife of 27 years to marry him at half court of Blake Arena and attempted to explain the odyssey they were about to embark on that has had them live in 8 different states. Miller and his wife, Eileen, have three children David (22) Michael (20) and Samantha (10).
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