Bill Miller enters his first season as the linebacker coach at Florida State with an impressive background and 35 years of collegiate coaching experience. He was hired by head coach Jimbo Fisher in February of 2014.
Miller comes to the Seminoles from Minnesota, where he was the assistant head coach and linebackers coach since 2011. 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).
While at Minnesota, Miller helped lead the Golden Gophers to consecutive bowl appearances in his final two years in Minneapolis, including an 8-5 record this past season. In 2013, the Golden Gophers allowed only 289 points - the first time Minnesota allowed less than 300 points since 2004.
Throughout his career spanning five decades, Miller has worked with some of the most successful and innovative collegiate coaches, including four-time national champion Nick Saban (Michigan State), national champion Jimmy Johnson (Oklahoma State), Dirk Koetter (Arizona State), College Football Hall of Famer Chris Ault (Nevada), and Butch Davis (Miami).
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.
From 2005-2006, Miller coached at Arizona State, where he oversaw a defensive transformation that took the Sun Devils from last in the Pac-10 in total defense to rank second in his second season in Tempe. He also coached linebacker Dale Robinson, named the 2005 Pac-10 Pat Tillman Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
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.
Throughout his career, Miller's teams have played in 13 bowl games and won five conference championships. At Nevada in 1983 and 1985, he helped lead the Wolf Pack to the semifinals of the I-AA playoffs.
Miller has coached seven players that eventually became first round draft picks, six of which came from his time with Miami (Fla.) from 1995-1998. The first round picks from the Hurricanes were Ray Lewis (26 - 1996), Kenard Lang (17 - 1997), Kenny Holmes (18 - 1997), Duane Starks (10 - 1998), Dan Morgan (11 - 2001), and Damione Lewis (12 - 2001). At Michigan State, Miller coached Julian Peterson, who went 16th overall in the 2000 draft.
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