Bill Miller

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Linebackers Coach

• Bill Miller enters his third season as linebackers coach at Florida State in 2016 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 two years with the Seminoles, FSU has a record of 23-4 and has advanced to back-to-back “New Year’s Six” Bowl games – the 2014 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl and the 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

• Under Miller’s guidance, Florida State’s linebackers have been leaders of the FSU defense.

• In 2015, senior linebackers Reggie Northrup and Terrance Smith both captured all-conference honors for the second straight year to lead an FSU defense that ranked ninth in the country in scoring defense (17.8) and 19th in total defense (336.9). Northrup rebounded from an ACL injury to lead FSU in tackles (94) for a second straight year en route to All-ACC second team honors, while Smith battled injuries but still totaled 65 tackles in nine games en route to All-ACC honorable mention honors. Redshirt sophomore Ro’Derrick Hoskins emerged as one of FSU’s top defensive players as well, starting six games at linebacker and finishing with 52 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss.

• Smith (Kansas City Chiefs) and Northrup (Washington Redskins) both signed free agent contracts with NFL teams following the season.

• In 2014, Smith (87 tackles) grabbed All-ACC second team honors and Northrup (122 stops) collected All-ACC third team accolades to lead the Seminoles to an ACC Championship and a berth in the first-ever College Football Playoff Semifinal. Northrup’s tackle total was the most by a Nole since 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.