Hoosiers hire Curt Miller as new women's coach

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Curt Miller turned Bowling Green into the Mid-American Conference's model women's basketball program.

Indiana hopes he can achieve similar success in Bloomington.

On Wednesday, the Hoosiers hired Miller as their next coach. He replaces Felisha Legette-Jack, who was fired a little more than two weeks ago after going 6-24 and failing to make the postseason for the third consecutive year.

"I want to build a program that mirrors the standards this great university has obtained," Miller said in a statement issued by the school. "With the great facilities and a state that knows and loves basketball, I'm ready to begin."

Miller agreed to a six-year contract that will pay him a starting salary of $275,000.

In 11 seasons at Bowling Green, Miller went 258-92, was named the league's coach of the year a record six times and captured regular-season or tournament titles each of the past eight seasons. The Falcons were invited to postseason tourneys each of those eight years and won at least 21 games in each of the past nine seasons.

Bowling Green has won more games than all but six schools in the nation over the past five seasons.

But Miller didn't just win on the court.

The Falcons emerged as a national factor, earning the right to host NCAA tournament first- and second-round games this year. Every player who spent four seasons at Bowling Green under Miller's guidance won a league crown, and every player who completed their eligibility during Miller's tenure graduated, too. The team's GPA never fell below 3.0, and he's won at least 28 games four times.

That was enough to impress Indiana athletic director Fred Glass.

"We are thrilled to have been able to recruit a coach of Curt's caliber to Indiana University," Glass said. "Curt is very highly regarded in women's basketball circles and has a demonstrated ability to recruit in and around Indiana, develop talent and win."

He proved it again by going 24-7 and winning the MAC's regular-season title last season despite losing six seniors who had combined to score more than 5,500 career points from the 2010-11 squad.

Before joining Bowling Green, Miller spent three seasons as Colorado State's associate head coach and four years as an assistant at Syracuse and three seasons on the Cleveland State coaching staff. He started his career as a volunteer assistant at Kent State.

Miller is a native of Girard, Pa., and graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1990.