Mike Miller has been fired as the head coach of Eastern Illinois after 7 seasons, a move that comes as little surprise after the team’s 12-17 season in the final year of Miller’s contract.
The fact that he was fired the day after the regular season ended leads me to believe that he was likely gone even if his team’s end of season run ended with them in the OVC tournament this season.
In seven years with the program, Miller was 75-130 at Eastern Illinois, and 44-84 in Ohio Valley Conference play. While the team improved conference record wise over Miller’s first 5 years, including an 11-7 season in 2009-10, the team finished with 5 or fewer OVC wins each of the last 2 seasons.
According to Sports Information at Eastern Illinois, a national search for Miller’s replacement will begin immediately. The three current assistant coaches will be retained until a new coach has been hired and makes decisions on the new coaching staff.
Miller, as fully expected, leaves the program with as much class as he entered it with: “I appreciate the opportunity I was given to lead the program at Eastern Illinois and the support and friendships we have developed in the community, Miller said. “I want to thank the members of my staff especially associate head coach Chad Altadonna who has worked tirelessly the last seven years to improve this program. I want to thank all the players who have played for us and represented the program.”