Kent Miller became the 10th head coach for Saint Louis volleyball on April 4, 2011. Prior to Saint Louis, Miller was an assistant coach at the University of Illinois.
2017 was a great year for the Billikens as Miller guided the squad to a 10-4 Atlantic 10 record and third place in the league. Junior outside hitter Sien Gallop earned first-team All-Conference honors, while freshman outside hitter Maya Taylor garnered the A-10 Rookie of the Year award. Gallop led the nation with 0.67 service aces per set and topped the league with 3.76 kills per set. Senior middle blocker Lauren Leverenz and freshman setter Kennedy Cordia also earned All-Conference accolades, as Leverenz was named to the All-Conference second team and Cordia was selected to the All-Rookie squad.
In 2016, Miller oversaw one of the best single-season performances in NCAA history. Senior outside hitter Danielle Rygelski was named an All-American and set an NCAA record with 715 kills (most in the 25-point rally scoring era). The team finished the year 18-14, advancing to the Atlantic 10 Conference championship match, falling in five sets.
The 2015 campaign was one of the best in Miller's tenure. The team finished the season 22-10 overall and finished third in the Atlantic 10. The Billikens had a 16-match win streak, the longest such streak since 2008. During that streak, the Bills defeated in-state rival Missouri at Chaiftez Pavilion, sweeping the Tigers for Mizzou's first loss of the season. Danielle Rygelski was named first-team all-Midwest region but the AVCA.
Saint Louis saw several big wins in 2014, posting a 21-10 overall record. The Billikens defeated Missouri in Columbia, Mo. and then-No. 11 Purdue in West Lafayette. The Purdue victory was SLU's first over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 10 Cal in 2009. Freshman Nenye Okoro was named the A-10 Rookie of the Year, giving SLU back-to-back Rookie of the Year honorees. It was the first time a school has had back-to-back Rookies of the Year in the Atlantic 10 since the 1998-99 seasons.
The 2013 Billikens finished with a 13-17 record and earned the No. 4 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament on the merits of a 9-5 conference record. The freshman duo of Danielle Rygelski (2013 A-10 Rookie of the Year) and Mallory Dillon became the first two freshmen in SLU history to record 400+ kills in a season.
In 2012, Miller led the Billikens to a 10-20 record overall and a 4-10 ledger in Atlantic 10 play. His players performed well on the court as setter Cassie Clarke recorded the first triple-double at Saint Louis since 2006 and freshman Megan Gilbert was named to the A-10 All-Rookie team.
In his first season, Saint Louis finished with a 15-13 record overall and a 10-5 mark in the Atlantic 10. The Billikens had one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation, reaching as high as second in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). The Bills recorded two quality wins in the Hawkeye Challenge, defeating Iowa (3-2) and Marquette (3-1). They also were tough to defeat in conference play, winning five consecutive contests from Oct. 7-21.
During his two seasons at Illinois, Miller helped the Fighting Illini reach two consecutive Sweet 16s and post a 50-15 record. He was the team's recruiting coordinator and helped Illinois sign two classes ranked in the top 10. Miller played a significant role in the Illini reaching a No. 3 national ranking, and he coached four AVCA All-Americans, one Academic All-American and six All-Big Ten selections during his tenure.
Prior to his stint at Illinois, Miller recorded 136 wins in 12 years as head coach at Toledo. Inheriting a program that had posted only two winning seasons in 17 years, he rebuilt the Rockets into a contender in the Mid-American Conference. In 2001, Miller led Toledo to a 17-11 record and the school's first winning mark in the MAC at 10-8. The program experienced back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 21 seasons in 2004 and 2005, and the team reached the MAC tournament semifinals both years. The 2005 squad registered 18 victories, the most wins for the Rockets since 1983. During Miller's time at UT, the team set more than 20 school records including marks for kills, assists and service aces that still stand.
Miller's teams also were successful in the classroom as the Rockets earned nine AVCA team academic achievement awards. He coached Kate Bean, who in 2005 became the first UT volleyball student-athlete to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America first-team accolades. Bean was a repeat first-team honoree in 2006. The program posted a combined team GPA of higher than 3.0 for 22 straight semesters. Miller coached four Academic All-District selections and 10 Academic All-MAC honorees while at Toledo.
Miller was an assistant coach on the USA Women's National Team from 1987-96. He was an assistant under head coach Terry Liskevych on the 1992 U.S. Olympic team that won the bronze medal in Barcelona, as well as the 1995 World Grand Prix squad that won the gold medal. Miller also served on the 1990 World Championship team that earned bronze.
A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Miller graduated from Oregon State in 1984 with a bachelor of science degree in engineering physics. He played on OSU's club team, competed for the USAV Columbia Empire Team in 1984 and 1985, and participated on the USA Volleyball Open Nationals squad in 1986. Miller served four years as an assistant for the Oregon State women's team and helped the Beavers reach the 1983 NCAA Tournament, and he worked one season as an assistant coach at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. He also was head coach of the San Diego Spikers, winning NVA league titles in 1994 and 1995.
Kent and his wife Melissa live in St. Louis with their daughter Crosby and son Levi.
What They are Saying About Coach Miller
"With his experience in both the college and the international games, Kent is one of the smartest individuals in the volleyball coaching world," Illinois head volleyball coach Kevin Hambly said. "His 12 years as a head coach make him very knowledgeable, and he is one of the hardest-working coaches that I've been around. Saint Louis is lucky to have him, and he is going to do a great job teaching and creating a culture with which the community and fans will be proud to be associated."
"Kent Miller was part of my USA coaching staff for 10-plus years (1986-1996)," former USA Women's National Coach and current Oregon State head coach Terry Liskevych said. "He was an invaluable member of our staff and helped propel us to be a top-four team in the world from 1990 to 1996. Kent is a student of the game, and his attention to detail is second to none. With his myriad of experiences as a head and assistant coach at all levels, Kent will have great success at Saint Louis University."
"Kent Miller is a great hire for SLU," American Volleyball Coaches Association Executive Director Kathy DeBoer said. "It pairs an experienced coach with a committed institution. That is a proven formula for a successful volleyball program."