Mike Miller (American football coach)
|Date of birth:||April 9, 1970|
|Place of birth:||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
Mike Miller (born April 9, 1970) is an American football coach who was the offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL) from 2011 to 2012, and the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 2013.
Miller graduated in 1988 from Plum High School in Plum, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. He also earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in education from Robert Morris University.
Miller's first exposure to the professional sports scene was as a public relations intern. He held internships with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Indianapolis Colts. During this time, he also helped the scouting department and learned the inner workings of the coaching profession. He also gain valuable experience as a graduate assistant at Robert Morris University where he coached under veteran NFL coaches Joe Walton and Dan Radakovich. In 1999, Bill Cowher offered Miller his first official coaching position as an offensive quality control coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. At this position, Miller worked closely with offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. In 2004, Mularkey was named head coach for the Buffalo Bills and offered Miller a position on his staff. Mularkey was eventually fired and Miller landed a coaching job with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europa in 2006. In 2007, Ken Whisenhunt was named as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and offered Miller a position on his staff. Like Mularkey, Whisenhunt first worked with Miller on the Steelers coaching staff.
Miller spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons as the wide receivers coach for the Arizona Cardinals. In 2008, his top two receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin were named to the Pro Bowl. Also in 2008, Fitzgerald, Boldin and Steve Breaston each gained over 1000 receiving yards, a feat only accomplished five times in NFL history. He also helped the team reach Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. In 2011 Miller was named the offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals.
Miller joined the Montreal Alouttes of the Canadian Football League as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under the patronage of new head coach Dan Hawkins. Miller worked directly with Anthony Calvillo to help ease the offensive changes under the instruction of Hawkins. However, the offence struggled through the first 5 weeks of the 2013 CFL season, resulting in Hawkins being fired. Upon Hawkins being fired Miller was demoted to a consultant/learning role.