Miller named associate Head Coach

<B>GAINESVILLE, Fla. –</B> University of Florida linebackers coach Bill Miller has been named associate head football coach as announced by Gator head football coach Ron Zook on Monday.

"Coach Miller has made a tremendous impact on our coaching staff," said Zook. "He brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff and has a great relationship with our players. We were in a unique situation last year with the amount of youth we had at the linebacker spot, but we were fortunate to have someone with the background and experience Bill has to coach them."

"I continue to feel fortunate to be part of a special group of coaches and players," said Miller. "The unity that exists on the coaching staff and among the players is as good as I've ever been around. I'm looking forward to getting back out on the field with our guys."

Miller, who has 26 years of experience on the collegiate level, guided Channing Crowder and Earl Everett to SEC All-Freshman team honors a season ago. In addition, Crowder led the SEC and freshman nationally in tackles per game (9.6) and was named The Sporting News' SEC Defensive Freshman of the Year.

Miller is a two-time nominee for the Broyles Award, which recognizes college football's top assistant (last year with the UF staff and in 2000 as part of the Michigan State staff).

Miller joined the UF program as linebackers coach in January of 2003. Prior to arriving in Gainesville, Miller had been a defensive coordinator for 17 seasons, four of them at the University of Miami and the last four at Michigan State. Miller was also the defensive coordinator, linebackers and defensive backs coach at Oklahoma State from 1989 to 1994 and also had coaching stints at Minnesota, Nevada-Reno, Drake and Texas Arlington.

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