UNLV head coach Regina Miller has accomplished what she was brought to Las Vegas to do in 1998 - resurrect and build the Lady Rebels back into one of the nation's premier programs.
Only the sixth head coach in the 32-year history of the Lady Rebel program, she currently has an overall record of 167-103 (.619) at UNLV. Miller reached the career 200-win plateau against Nevada, Reno on Dec. 10, 2005, and currently has a 227-203 overall mark in her 15-year coaching career. She also coached the Lady Rebels to the 600th victory in the program's history with a win over Colorado State on Feb. 18, 2006, as UNLV became just the 39th team in NCAA history to reach 600 total wins. Miller is responsible for over 25% of UNLV's total victories and her 167 wins ties her for second all-time at the school.
Last season the Lady Rebels had to deal with the graduation of five key seniors from the previous year, as well as a series of injuries during the season that helped contribute to the first losing record in Miller's tenure at UNLV (14-15). The team did finish the regular season at 14-14, thanks to an inspiring 4-0 finish to end the conference schedule which included upset victories over two NCAA tournament teams, BYU and New Mexico. UNLV also claimed another win over a NCAA team in December when it routed 19th-ranked DePaul 89-71, giving UNLV five wins over ranked teams under Miller, which are the only five such victories for the program in the past 13 seasons.
During the summer of 2007, Miller also received a prestigious award, as she was honored with the Sam Lacy Pioneer Award from the Sports Task Force for the National Association of Black Journalists at their 32nd annual convention. The Pioneer Awards honors black groundbreakers in the sports world and Miller was one of six to be honored, along with former Runnin' Rebels Reggie Theus and Greg Anthony.
In 2005-06 season, Miller coached the UNLV squad to an 18-12 mark and a 9-7 record in the Mountain West Conference in what was undoubtably the toughest and most competitive year the league has ever produced. UNLV became one of just two teams in the league to reach the MWC Tournament semifinals for the third-straight year after upsetting 21st-ranked New Mexico in the quarterfinals, and received a bid to the WNIT Tournament to extend its postseason appearance streak to six years, which was the longest in UNLV history.
The 2004-05 season was one of the more challenging years Miller experienced as a coach, as a series of injuries at one point left UNLV with just one healthy starter. However, Miller still guided the Lady Rebels to a 16-15 record and to a spot in the WNIT.
The previous season was possibly the best in her 13-year coaching career. She led the Lady Rebels to one of the most successful campaigns in school history, as UNLV finished with a 26-8 overall record and advanced to its first-ever appearance in the WNIT championship game. The 26 victories tied for the third-most ever at UNLV, and were the most since the 1989-90 squad won a school-record 28 games (28-3). UNLV also won a record 10 MWC games (10-4) while finishing in sole possession of third place in the league. The Lady Rebels won 10 straight during the season, including 12 straight at home, where they finished with a 16-2 record. Miller also guided UNLV to a 3-1 record against the "power conferences" as the Lady Rebels recorded wins over Arizona State, Iowa State and Mississippi State during the season.
Three Lady Rebels also were named to the All-MWC teams under Miller during the 2003-04 season. RanDee Henry and Sherry McCracklin also both earned Honorable Mention All-America as well.
Miller guided the 2002-03 Lady Rebel squad to a 17-12 mark and an appearance in the WNIT, their third straight year in the postseason.
That came on the heels of the Lady Rebels' outstanding season in 2001-02, in which they earned their first NCAA Tournament berth since the 1994 season and their eighth all-time appearance. UNLV would receive votes for top 25 consideration, defeat nationally ranked opponents, produce a 10-game winning streak, witness increased home attendance and make its way into the MWC Tournament championship game.
The Lady Rebels' date with destiny ended in the NCAA First Round against Minnesota, but no one could shake off the fact the team had produced a remarkable 23-8 overall record, one of the best seasons in school history. Miller, at the same time, mentored three-time MWC Player of the Year, three-time All-American and first team Academic All-America Linda Fröhlich to an outstanding collegiate career. Fröhlich now stands as the school's (men's and women's) all-time leading scorer, women's all-time leading rebounder and the first Lady Rebel to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.
In 1999-2000, Miller also guided her team to an impressive 19-10 overall record and an appearance in the WNIT. The previous two years, the North Carolina native led UNLV to back-to-back 17-win seasons after inheriting a squad that had only won four games in each of the previous three years. She turned her 1998-99 squad into the most improved team in Division I women's college basketball in just her first year at UNLV.
On Dec. 9, 2000, she reached a personal milestone by collecting her 100th career coaching victory against Eastern Washington. A home victory over South Florida 74-61 on Dec. 21, 2003, marked her 100th win at UNLV.
Miller has also been recognized by the Las Vegas community twice in the last four years, as in 2005 she was one of five to be honored with the annual Portraits of Pride Award from Channel 8, which is given to five outstanding African-Americans in the city. The previous summer, she received the 2004 Enrichment Award for Sports from the Las Vegas Urban Chamber of Commerce.
She has also been successful on the fundraising side of the job. In January of 2003, Miller raised the largest donation ever made to the UNLV women's basketball program in the amount of $500,000 donated by local businessman Gary Ackerman on behalf of former Lady Rebel standout Linda Staley Ackerman.
Miller came to UNLV after spending six seasons (1992-98) as the head coach at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. While at WIU, she led the Westerwinds to the 1995 Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament titles as well as an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. For her efforts, she was honored as the 1995 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association's Coach of the Year, and was the Mid-Con Coach of the Year in 1993-94.
Prior to earning the post at WIU, Miller spent five years as an assistant coach at her alma mater and national power Old Dominion from 1987-92. ODU reached the NCAA Tournament four of the five years she was there. Miller has taken two teams to the NCAA Tournament (UNLV in 2002 and Western Illinois in 1995) as a Division I head coach.
She landed her first assistant coaching position at Arizona (1986-87) and spent two years (1985-86) as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky, a team that advanced to the NCAA Final Four in both years.
In addition to Miller's experience at the college level, she has been an international coach as well. Four summers ago, she served as a court coach at the 2000 USA Basketball Women's Summer Development Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. The camp developed not only the elite players in the United States, but also acted as the trials to select the U.S. Jones Cup team.
Miller was an assistant coach for the USA National Team at the 1997 World Championships Qualifier in Sao Palo, Brazil, and served as the floor coach for the U.S. Olympic Festival's North Team Tryouts in 1995.
Prior to playing professionally for the Virginia Waves in 1984, Miller spent two years playing at Old Dominion helping lead the Lady Monarchs to the NCAA Final Four. Before her career at ODU, she played at Louisburg (N.C.) Junior College where she earned All-America honors and led them to the JC national championship her freshman year in 1981.
Miller is a 1984 graduate of Old Dominion earning a bachelor's degree in recreation. She received her master's degree from Western Kentucky in 1986.
The Miller File
Assistant Coach Year School Conference Overall Postseason 1984-85 Western Ky. 5-1 28-6 NCAA Final Four 1985-86 Western Ky. 6-0 32-4 NCAA Final Four 1986-87 Arizona 4-10 11-18 -- 1987-88 Old Dominion 6-0 17-12 NCAA 2nd Round 1988-89 Old Dominion 5-1 23-9 NCAA 2nd Round 1989-90 Old Dominion 4-2 21-10 NCAA 2nd Round 1990-91 Old Dominion 2-4 5-21 -- 1991-92 Old Dominion 9-5 20-11 NCAA 1st Round Overall 8 years 41-23 (.641) 157-91 (.633) 6 years