Jon Miller '97
Men's Head Basketball Coach
Former Hanover standout Jon Miller is entering his fourth 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 three seasons have been marked by the program's return to its traditionally high standards. The overall win total has increased each season moving from nine wins in 2008/09 to 19 wins in 2010/11.
The same can be said of the team's performance in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action as the team has improved from six conference wins in his first season to 14 this past year. In addition to the increased win totals, Miller's team this past season earned the program's first bid to the NCAA tournament since the 2004/05 campaign.
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 outstanding senior 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 from Indiana State University.