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Barbee Adds Top Recruiter to Basketball Staff

By on September 20th, 2012 in Basketball Comments Off on Barbee Adds Top Recruiter to Basketball Staff

                                         Ryan Miller  

Auburn Head Basketball Coach Tony Barbee has announced the hiring of a new basketball coach. Ryan Miller, former assistant at Missouri and New Mexico was named Tuesday as the Tigers’ new Associate Head Basketball Coach.

Miller, had only been with Missouri two months when his old colleague from Memphis State gave him a call to join him at Auburn. The previous five years, Miller was an assistant on the New Mexico staff that saw the Lobo’s complete the most successful five-year period in the program’s history.

New Mexico went 126-46  during that period including five straight postseason appearances and a couple of NCAA Tournament berths.

New Mexico won two regular season Mountain West Conference Championships and one MWC Tournament Championship during his time in Albuquerque.

A close friend of Coach Barbee, Miller is considered one of the top recruiters in the country.  He and Barbee worked together for present day Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari when he was at the helm in Memphis from 2004-06.

Miller said, “I’m excited to be reunited with Coach Barbee from our Memphis days. I’ve been good friends with Coach for a while now. I watched how he  rebuilt the UTEP program into a power.

I’ve watched from afar as he has started to rebuild the Auburn basketball program, and I am just excited to be a part of it. I’m excited to be a part of the culture of Auburn Athletics and what it stands for.”

And we are excited to have you Coach Miller. Welcome and …

War Eagle!

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