Eldon Miller

Eldon Miller (born June 19, 1939)

Teams coached: Wittenberg Tigers, Western Michigan Broncos, Ohio State Buckeyes, Northern Iowa Panthers
Wittenberg record: 142-55 (.721)
Western Michigan record: 86-68 (.558)
Ohio State record: 176-118 (.597)
Northern Iowa record: 164-178 (.480)
Overall record^: 568-419 (.575)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  6  (1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1990)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  3  (1976, 1980, 1983)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  1  (1986)
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1986)
  • MAC Regular Season Champion:  1  (1976)
  • OAC (Div II) Regular Season Champion:  5  (1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969)
  • Summit League Tournament Champion:  1  (1990)
  • NCAA Division II National Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 1963)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  2  (1963, 1969)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Final Four:  1  (1963)

Awards:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2008-2020 UNC Pembroke (volunteer asst)
1986-1998 Northern Iowa
1976-1986 Ohio State
1970-1976 Western Michigan
1962-1970 Wittenberg
1961-1962 Wittenberg (asst)

Eldon Miller Facts

  • Eldon Miller
  • Born June 19, 1939
  • Hometown: Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: Wittenberg University (BA, 1961)
  • Played at Division III Wittenberg in Springfield, OH for head coach Ray Mears and after graduating in 1961, became an assistant on Mears’ staff
    • A year later, in 1962, he was named head coach and led the Tigers to a Runner-Up finish in the NCAA D-II Tournament
    • Went 142-55 overall in eight seasons at his alma mater
  • Moved up to Division I in 1970 when he was hired as the head coach at Western Michigan
    • Went 86-68 in six seasons, improving the program up to winning 25 games and reaching the Sweet Sixteen in 1976
  • Spent the next ten seasons as the head coach at Ohio State, winning 176 games during that tenure
  • Final head coaching job was a twelve-year tenure at Northern Iowa, where he won 164 games and went to one NCAAT
  • Retired from coaching in 1998, but later came back to it as a volunteer assistant coach at Division II UNC Pembroke where his son, Ben Miller, became head coach in 2008; served in that capacity through the 2019-20 season
  • Inducted into the Wittenberg Athletic Hall of Honor in 1986 and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Along with his wife, Dee, has two daughters and one son

Eldon Miller Coaching Tree

  • Randy Ayers (Philadelphia 76ers, Ohio State)
  • Jim Cleamons (Dallas Mavericks, Youngstown State)
  • Darian DeVries (Drake)
  • Jerry Francis (Prairie View A&M)
  • Bob Huggins (West Virginia, Kansas State, Cincinnati, Akron, Walsh)
  • Brian Jones (Illinois State, North Dakota)
  • Greg McDermott (Creighton, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, North Dakota State, Wayne State)
  • Ben Miller (UNC Pembroke)
  • Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors, RGV Vipers, Iowa Energy, Grand View, others)
  • Dick Shilts (KVCC, Western Michigan)
  • Herb Williams (New York Knicks)

 

^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels

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