Jon Miller '97
Men's Head Basketball Coach
Former Hanover standout Jon Miller is entering his sixth 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 five 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. This success has also been the case in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action. Over the last four years his Hanover program is the winningest program in the HCAC. His teams have compiled an impressive 50-18 record (74 percent) during this stretch. In addition to the winning record, his teams have excelled statistically in a number of different categories as well. Traditionally 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. Individually every senior over the past four seasons has been honored as an all-conference player and 3 have joined the Hanover College 1,000 career points club.
Academically the program has achieved at a high level as well. In the 2011-12 school year the team achieved its highest ever team grade point average, and Michael Case was the named the programs first-ever Academic All-American. In addition for the past four consecutive years a senior member of 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: Hanover College, 1997;
Master's degree in recreation and sports management: Indiana State University.