Jon Miller '97
Men's Head Basketball Coach
Former Hanover standout Jon Miller is in his seventh season as the Panthers' head coach. He is the 21st coach in Hanover's basketball history and only the third on the Panthers' bench since 1965.
Miller's first six seasons have been marked by the program's return to its traditionally high standards. After finishing with only nine wins in his initial season, the program has averaged close to 18 wins per season over the last four years.
This success has also been the case in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action. Over the last five years, his Hanover program has had the most wins in the HCAC. His teams have compiled an impressive 63-23 record (73 percent) during this stretch.
In addition to the winning record, his teams have excelled statistically in a number of different categories as well. Traditionally considered one of the top defensive teams in the conference, during the 2012-13 season the team utilized a more up-tempo offensive attack and led the league in scoring at close to 80 points per game. During the 18-game HCAC season, the team enjoyed an average margin of victory of nearly 16 points per game.
Miller's teams have also consistently ranked at the top of the conference as well as nationally in fewest turnovers per game. Individually, several players over the past five seasons have been honored as all-conference players and three have joined the Hanover College 1,000 career-points club.
Academically, the program has achieved at a high level. In the 2011-12 school year, the team achieved its highest ever team GPA, and Michael Case was the named the program's first-ever Academic All-American.
In addition four times in the past five years a player in the program has been honored with the college's prestigious Most Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award (Jake Inman, Mitchell Meyer, Michael Case and Ryan Nowicki.) This award is presented annually by the College to the senior male athlete who has best combined to achieve both as an athlete in his sport and in the classroom.
Miller, a 1997 Hanover graduate, returned to his alma mater after five seasons as the head coach at Defiance College (Ohio). He guided the Yellow Jackets to a 19-8 overall record in 2007-08, including the school's first outright Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship (13-3).
The National Association of Basketball Coaches' Midwest District named him coach of the year, as did the Heartland Conference for the accomplishment. Miller's squads posted a 67-63 record during his stint at Defiance, including a 36-17 record through his last two seasons with the program.
He was a four-year starter and three-time all-conference selection at Hanover during the mid-1990s. Voted the team's most valuable player after the 1996-97 campaign, Miller helped the Panthers earn NCAA tourney appearances in both 1995 and 1996.
A two-time team captain, he was a three-year recipient of the Hanover Scholar-Athlete Award and the college honored him as the Most Outstanding Senior Male Athlete in 1997. In addition to basketball, Miller also played four years of baseball while at Hanover, earning the team's most valuable player award in 1996.
Following his collegiate playing career, Miller served as the top assistant at DePauw University from 1997 to 1999. He then joined Hanover's staff as an assistant in 1999.
While on the Panthers' sidelines, he helped the Panthers earn three consecutive Heartland Conference championships and three berths in the NCAA III national tournament. The program notched a 78-10 record during that span.
He and his wife, Angela, a 1997 Hanover graduate, reside in Madison, Ind., with their children Luke, Jack and Audrey.
Bachelor's degree: Mathematics, Hanover College, 1997;
Master's degree: Recreation and Sports Management, Indiana State University, 1999.