Mizzou Assistant Ryan Miller Leaves for Auburn
COLUMBIA -- Mizzou assistant basketball Coach Ryan Miller is leaving the program after two months in Columbia. The former New Mexico assistant joined the Tiger staff in May after assistant coach Isaac Chew left the program to join Illinois.
Miller will remain in the Southeastern Conference though. KOMU 8 Sports confirmed on Saturday that Miller has taken an associate coaching position at Auburn.
In a statement released to KOMU 8 Sports, Miller said, "It was a difficult decision because I really enjoyed working at Missouri and I can't think of a better head coach to work for than Coach Haith. I appreciate how supportive he was of me during this process and the culture he has created here is among the best in college basketball. I do want to say how much I appreciated my short time in Columbia and I know why my friends and colleagues spoke so highly of Frank and Mizzou. This is such a special place to so many people and my experience with our student-athletes, the University and the city will stay with me forever."
Mizzou Head Coach Frank Haith also released a statement to KOMU 8 Sports saying, "I know it was a difficult decision for Ryan, but when you step back and look at the opportunities it can create for him going forward it's understandable. It's a great opportunity personally, professionally and financially, and to go from our third assistant to Associate Head Coach and work for a former colleague and friend, it's a major career move."
Coach Frank Haith will now begin the third coaching staff search of the year. Assistant Coach Ernie Nestor also left the program in June after he accepted an assistant coaching position at Navy. Former Virginia head coach Dave Leitao was hired as Nestor's replacement. Recently promoted Associate Head Coach Tim Fuller is the only assistant coach that remains with the Tigers from last year's 30-5 season.
"As for us we have a strong staff foundation in place with Tim (Fuller) and Dave (Leitao). I feel like they are the top two assistant coaches in college basketball and we are going to continue to hire talented individuals in that mold, great on-court teachers and great recruiters with established relationships," Haith told KOMU 8 Sports.
No timetable for finding Miller's replacement has been given.