Harry Miller (born in 1927)

Harry Miller (1927-2013)

Teams coached: Western State Mountaineers, Fresno State Bulldogs, Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds, North Texas State Mean Green, Wichita State Shockers, Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
Western State record: 63-81 (.438)
Fresno State record^: 93-39 (.705)
Eastern New Mexico record: 104-37 (.738)
North Texas record: 10-15 (.400)
Wichita State record: 97-90 (.519)
Stephen F. Austin record^: 170-112 (.603)
Overall record^: 537-374 (.589)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1976)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1987)
  • Gulf Star Regular Season Champion:  (1987)
  • Missouri Valley Regular Season Champion:  1  (1976)
  • Lone Star (NAIA/Div II) Regular Season Champion:  2  (1982, 1983)
  • CCAA (Div II) Regular Season Championships:  (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  5  (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1983)
  • NAIA National Championships:  1  (1969)
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  4  (1967, 1969, 1970, 1982)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1978-1988 Stephen F. Austin
1971-1978 Wichita State
1970-1971 North Texas State
1965-1970 Eastern New Mexico
1960-1965 Fresno State
1958-1960 New Mexico (asst)
1953-1958 Western State

Harry Miller Facts

  • Harry Eugene Miller
  • Born January 26, 1927
  • Died February 13, 2013
  • Hometown: Martinsville, Indiana
  • Alma Mater: Eastern New Mexico University (BS, 1951)
  • After graduating high school, the Indiana-native enlisted in the United States Air Force (in 1945, during World War II)
  • Upon returning to the States, Miller attended Eastern New Mexico where he played basketball for head coach Al Garten
  • Started coaching at House HS (NM) and then in 1953 was hired to be the head coach at NAIA Western State (CO)
  • Joined Bob Sweeney’s staff at New Mexico as an assistant coach in 1958, working with the Lobos for two seasons
  • Hired in 1960 to be the head coach at then-Division II Fresno State, leading the Bulldogs for five seasons
    • Went 93-39 overall, winning four-straight CCAA titles and going to four D-II NCAA Tournaments (1962-65)
  • Returned to his alma mater, Eastern New Mexico, in 1965 and had a very successful five-year tenure as head coach
    • Led the Greyhounds to a 104-37 overall record and in 1969 won the NAIA National Championship; returned to the Final Four in 1970
  • Got his first D-I job, a one-year stint at North Texas State in 1970, and then became head coach at Wichita State in 1971
  • Final coaching job was at Stephen F. Austin, which transitioned from NAIA to Division II and finally to Division during his ten years there
    • Went 170-112, going to a NAIA Tournament in 1982, D-II NCAA Tournament in 1983 and the (D-I) NIT in 1987
    • Won three conference titles: the Lone Star in both 1982 and 1983 and the defunct Gulf Star in 1987
  • Passed away in 2013 at the age of 88; survived by his wife, LaNora, and their three sons, Bob, Tom and Gary

Harry Miller Coaching Tree

  • Cal Bruton (several pro teams in Australia)
  • Danny Kaspar (Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, Incarnate Word)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I, Division II and NAIA levels; note that during Millers’ tenures at these current D-I schools, they were not yet in D-I (Fresno was D-II, SFA was NAIA and then D-II)

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