Curt Miller named LA Sparks assistant

Former Indiana University women’s basketball coach Curt Miller, who abruptly resigned last July, was named an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday. Miller will work under Sparks head coach Brian Agler, the father of former IU player Taylor Agler, who announced earlier in the day that she was headed to Texas Tech.

Miller has not spoken to the media since his resignation, which cited personal health and family reasons for his departure.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Sparks,” Miller said in a Sparks press release. “The chance to join coach Brian Agler, the all-time winningest coach in women’s professional basketball, was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I would also like to thank Penny Toler and the ownership group for their belief that I can be a valuable part of the team and help position ourselves for championships.”

Terms of Miller’s deal with the Sparks were not disclosed.

At Indiana, Miller compiled a 32-32 record in two seasons from 2012-2014, including a program record 14 straight wins to start the 2013-14 season, which ended with a school record-tying 21 victories.

Reached by phone, Agler said he was not concerned that whatever issues led to Miller’s departure from the Hoosiers would be a factor in Los Angeles.

“He left for personal reasons, and I was very thorough on finding out as much information as possible,” said Agler, who is preparing for his first season with the Sparks after spending the last seven seasons with the Seattle Storm. “I feel like I did my due diligence there. That being said, I think Curt is one of the best coaches in the country. I have a lot of respect for him, having known him for a period of time.

“He has a great mind for the game at the offensive end and does a great job developing players. My job is to put the best staff together I possibly can. This is just how it worked out. A year ago, I had no idea I’d be in LA, and a year ago nobody knew Curt wouldn’t be coaching Indiana.”

In 13 seasons as a head coach, Miller compiled a 290-124 record with Indiana and Bowling Green. His coaching experience also includes serving as an assistant coach with Colorado State (1998-01), Syracuse (1994–98) and Cleveland State (1991-94).

5 comments

  1. Guess those health issues that he resigned from IU with are not all that bad? It is becoming more and more obvious that the rumors were true. As many have stated, we owe the current state of IU women’s basketball to the former coach and his possible rumored indiscretions. What a shame..

  2. I’d say the current state is due to the current coach. Coach Miller’s team was looking good, playing the offense he designed for his team. Current coach decided to run an offense for a team she wished she had, and ran down the team morale in the process, losing four players. Best of luck to Coach Miller and Taylor.

  3. Coach Moren may or may not be the right coach but the current state of IU women’s basketball is squarely on curt Miller. Three years from now Moren can be judged on her own accord but if Cirt Miller was not a complete Moron with a capital M he would still be head coach at IU and who knows how good the team would have been this past season.

  4. Miller still left the team in a bad way . He brought in 3 guards and a 4 plus the holdover 5 from last year with no experience. He needed more depth at post and did not get it. Obviously what they had the year before graduated so this years team was in trouble regardless. Lets see what Moren brings in this summer to help the situation, we may have an entirely different opinion good or bad.

  5. I will never speak ill of someone based on rumors (and I have no idea what those rumors are…). It’s unfair to place blame on anyone. Coach Miller would have struggled with the post, but obviously had a “guard oriented” offense.

    While Coach Moren tried to mix her offense with what already existed, the team showed a lack of athletes. She missed the evaluation period (I think it’s July for both men and women) as IU coach. So, it’s like being dealt 9’s and 10’s and an offsuit jack during a Euchre game. Struggles…Struggles…Struggles.

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