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Bill Miller
Position: Linebackers
Alma Mater: Texas-Arlington '76
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• Bill Miller enters his second season as linebackers coach at Florida State in 2015 with an impressive background and over 35 years of collegiate coaching experience.

• Throughout his career, Miller has worked with some of the most successful and innovative collegiate coaches, including Nick Saban (Michigan State), Jimmy Johnson (Oklahoma State), Butch Davis (Miami) and now Jimbo Fisher.

• In Miller’s first year with the Seminoles in 2014, FSU finished 13-1 and advanced to the first-ever College Football Playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl.

• Under Miller’s guidance, Florida State linebackers Terrance Smith and Reggie Northrup captured all-conference honors. Smith collected All-ACC Second Team honors after totaling 87 tackles. Northrup collected All-ACC Third Team accolades while tallying a team-high 122 tackles, the most for any Seminole since Kendyll Pope’s 133 in 2002.

• Miller came to Florida State from Minnesota, where he was the assistant head coach and linebackers coach from 2011 to 2013.

• Miller also served as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State (1989-94), Miami (1995-98), Michigan State (1999-2002) and Arizona State (2005-06), and was the associate head coach at Florida (2003-04).

• Before Minnesota, Miller coached linebackers and was co-defensive coordinator at Kansas in 2009 and linebackers coach at Louisville in 2008. Miller was also defensive coordinator at Western Michigan in 2007.

• At Arizona State, he took the Sun Devils defense from last in the Pac-10 to second in total defense (behind USC) in one year. He helped ASU reach the 2005 Insight Bowl and the 2006 Hawaii Bowl.

• Miller has twice been a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the top assistant coach in college football. Miller was a semifinalist in 2000 at Michigan State, when his Spartan defense was ranked seventh nationally in pass defense, and in 2003 at Florida.

• In his first season at Michigan State with Saban (1999), Miller helmed a defense that ranked fifth nationally in rush defense and 12th in total defense, as well as the No. 1 defense in the Big Ten. The Spartans allowed less than 300 total yards per game and had the nation’s fifth-best rushing defense, allowing only 77 yards per game on the ground. Michigan State finished the 1999 season ranked No. 7 and tied the school record for wins (10), including a victory over Florida in the Citrus Bowl.

• In 2001, Miller’s defense at Michigan State paced the Big Ten Conference and ranked 14th in the nation in pass defense (176.1 ypg). Miller’s 2000 defense led the conference in total defense for the second consecutive year and ranked 22nd nationally (318.3 ypg).

• Throughout his career, Miller’s teams have played in 14 bowl games and won six conference championships. At Nevada in 1983 and 1985, he helped lead the Wolf Pack to the semifinals of the I-AA playoffs.

• Miller, who graduated from Texas Arlington in 1978, began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1978 and filled the same role at Oklahoma State from 1979-80. His first full-time position was as the defensive backs coach at Drake from 1981-82.

• Miller and his wife Lisa, have two grown children, Cole and Jackson.

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