Drew Miller begins his first year at Louisiana Tech as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator on Teresa Weatherspoon's staff.
Miller join Weatherspoon and Co. with the majority of his vast coaching experience coming on the men's side of the game. He will be responsible for directing the Lady Techster defensive schemes as well as post player development.
"Drew is an amazing guy," Weatherspoon said. "He will be our defensive coordinator and take that responsibility off my hands. He will implement all of our defensive schemes, and I think it is important that we utilize a variety of defenses. He started coaching on the men's side and then fell in love with the women's game. All of his teams have always been consist defensively so obviously his players have bought into his schemes. He also believes in getting up and down the floor and being active defensively.
"He has great experience. He has already been in the seat that I currently sit in. He understands what I need as a head coach. He has a positive approach. I like people with strong skin and that are confident. He understands what is important and believes in what he teaches."
Miller has served in a number of capacities during his high school and college coaching career, from the director of basketball operations to assistant coach to a pair of stints as head coach, including most recently at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas.
During his five-year run as the head men's coach at Division III Schreiner of the American Southwest Conference he led the Mountaineers to unprecedented success on and off the floor, including the record-setting 2011-12 campaign as SU notched their first-ever ASC playoff berth and program best record of 13-12 (since Schreiner joined Division III in 1999).
He also turned around the program academically as he inherited a 2.25 team grade point average and two honor roll student athletes. By the time he left the program, the team boasted a 2.99 grade point average which included 16 honor roll student athletes.
Miller has over 10 years of NCAA Division III coaching experience as he has made coaching stops at Hiram College (Hiram, Ohio), Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas), and Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas). He has coached internationally as well at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
Miller's championship and NCAA Tournament coaching pedigree includes a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament championships, and an elite eight appearance as an assistant coach at Trinity University (2003-07) and a Capital Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championship, and elite eight appearance as the associate head coach for St. Mary's College (MD) (2013).
"I am honored and excited to become part of the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters family," said Miller. "I look forward to working with Coach Weatherspoon to help provide the championship mentality which she and the Lady Techsters program have established for decades.
"I also couldn't be happier to work with Coach Mike Ekanem to recruit the finest student-athletes in the country to wear Columbia Blue and represent the Lady Techsters on and off the court with class and excellence. As defensive coordinator, we will coach our team with passion and compassion, and we will play smart, tough, and with discipline."
Miller graduated in 1995 from Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) with a bachelor of arts in psychology where he was a four-year starter on both the basketball and baseball teams. He was an all-tournament team guard on Kenyon's 1994 North Coast Athletic Conference championship team and 1995 Sweet Sixteen team. He then earned a master's in education (sport science/coaching) from the University of Akron in December 2002.
Miller played and coached professionally in Denmark (1999-2000).