Coach Brooks Miller has more than 17 years of collegiate basketball playing and coaching experience, including serving as a graduate assistant coach to Bob Knight at Texas Tech University. Coach Miller’s eight-year career as head coach at Trine University has included eight consecutive top-four MIAA finishes which culminated in the 2019 MIAA Regular-Season Championship. The 2019 MIAA Title was the first MIAA Championship in Trine history. with an overall record of 124-84 (0.60).
The Thunder have also compiled a 68-44 MIAA record and advanced to the post season each year under Coach Miller. In 2016, they advanced to the MIAA Tournament Championship game for the first time in school history after defeating No. 5 Hope College.
In 2015-16, the Thunder set a school record for most wins in the NCAA Division III era in a season at 18, topping the 2014-15 team’s record of 17 victories. The 2015-16 team also tied the Trine University/Tri-State University record for best start (10-1) to a season as well as achieving the University’s first-ever NCAA DIII National ranking, debuting in the poll on Jan. 4, 2016 at No. 23. The team was led by senior Jared Holmquist, who was named the 2016 Capitol One Academic All-American Player of the Year. Junior Will Dixon was also named to the All-MIAA First Team for the second year in a row for his performance in 2015-16.
In Coach Miller’s time at Trine University, the Thunder have produced seven players that have earned eight different selections to the All-MIAA First Team, including 2013 MIAA Player of the Year and Third Team All-American Ian Jackson (2012, 2013). Scott Rogers (2012), Tyler Good (2014), Will Dixon (2015, 2016, 2017), and Jared Holmquist (2015, 2016) have also been named First Team All-MIAA. Ellis Cummings was also named the 2017 MIAA Defensive Player of the Year.
Coach Miller’s basketball career started when he was a player at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. At Hillsdale College in 2003, he was selected team captain, Academic All-Conference, and team Defensive Player of the Year. Hillsdale College reached the NCAA Division II National Tournament in back to back years for the first time in school history during Miller’s sophomore and junior season’s in 2001 and 2002.
After college, Coach Miller worked as the head assistant men’s basketball coach at Hillsdale College. He helped coach and or recruit five All-Conference players. In 2007, he served as a graduate assistant coach to Bob Knight at Texas Tech University and was involved with on-campus recruiting and player development. In 2009, he became the Head Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at South Plains College. While at South Plains College, Coach Miller coached and recruited nine future NCAA Division I players.
Coach Miller earned a Bachelor of Science in History and Physical Education from Hillsdale College and a Master’s degree in Exercise Sport Science from Texas Tech University.
2011-Present, Trine University, Head Coach
2009-2011, South Plains College, Head Assistant Coach
2007-2009, Texas Tech University, Graduate Assistant Coach
2004-2007, Hillsdale College, Assistant Coach
2019 MIAA Regular-Season Championship