Curt Miller resigns as IU women’s coach

Curt Miller resigned as Indiana women’s basketball coach Friday morning, ending a two-year run that restored momentum to a struggling program.

According to a department release, Miller stepped down due to personal reasons. He will take until the end of the month to fully transition out of the school.

“I have decided to resign as Head Coach of the Women’s Basketball Program, effective immediately, for personal health and family reasons,” Miller wrote in his resignation letter. “As you know, this was a most difficult decision, but the right one for me and my family at this time.

“Thank you for the opportunity to lead and resurrect the Program. I will always cherish my time as a part of the Hoosier Nation. I wish nothing but continued success to the players, coaches and the program.”

Miller and athletic director Fred Glass met with the team this morning to inform them of the resignation and plans for the future. Associate head coach Curtis Lloyd will serve as interim coach until a new coach is hired. Glass will ask the new head coach to consider retaining the current assistants.

Miller owns a 290-124 record in 13 seasons as a head coach, including a 32-32 mark over his two seasons in Bloomington. He was a finalist for the 2014 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year award after leading the Hoosiers to a 21-13 mark and an appearance in the WNIT quarterfinals.

“Curt Miller did an incredible job coaching this team, bringing us farther, faster than anyone could have reasonably expected,” Glass said in a release. “He leaves the program in a very strong position and poised for much greater success. I respect his decision to resign, and I wish him well. The search for a permanent successor has already begun.”

Miller had a health scare in 2012 when he suffered a mild stroke during a game while coaching Bowling Green.

“This has been a wake-up call for me and I have already begun the process of finding a healthier balance,” Miller said at the time. “I am passionate about coaching and I look forward to my return soon. I, along with the rest of our coaches and players, would like to thank the community for its ongoing support of our program.”

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7 comments

  1. I’m saddened and shocked to hear this, but I hope Coach Miller overcomes any health scare himself or his family is facing. It’s the right move. Only live once, and family comes first. The basketball program will always be here. I hope everyone stays together.

  2. This is a crushing blow to the IU women’s program! Coach Miller and his staff have turned this program completely around in just 2 years! His aggressive recruiting and refreshing sideline demeanor have been a boon to a rudderless program before his appearance. His upbeat personality and exuberance have been a pleasure to watch. When AD Glass announced his hiring 2 years ago, I was ecstatic!! Knowing coach Miller’s reputation, I knew it would only be a matter of time he would turn this program into a power within the conference. He was well on his way to making IU a force in women’s basketball.

    It is such a shame that medical issues have sidelined him from doing what he loves. I hope and pray that he will be well in the future for he and his family.

    I can only hope that AD Glass can come up with a coach that can carry on this up and coming program and continue to take us to the top of the conference. Coach Miller has shown us the way, now let a new coach continue this recent success. I hope the current recruits stay the course and strive to make us a power within the conference. Go Hoosiers!!

  3. Wishing coach well. As far as a new coach, I hope Fred has made a call to Swarbrick at Notre Dame to speak with Beth Morgan Cunningham. Winner as a player and coach.

  4. Nothing but best wishes and prayers for coach. I had a brief conversation with him this summer and we have been season ticket holders for years. I have never seen a finer coach or one who put his players ahead of the game as well as he does. Good luck.

  5. As fans and friends of Curt, current Bowling Green coach Jennifer Roos, and the Falcon women’s basketball team, we were shocked when we heard the news. Go for it Lady Hoosiers. Hire Coach Roos. She’s a disciple of Curt. She’s next in line. Love to all.

  6. With the tremendous strides made by Coach Miller and his staff in these 2 years and with the great recruits lined up for the future at IU, it is imperative that A D Glass get the perfect coach for the Lady Hoosiers fast! The current staff deserves great consideration in all coaching hire decisions. Let’s keep this ship going full steam ahead!

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