Trojans look for first 4-1 start since the 2008 season
Tony Miller is in his fourth season with the Trojans and third as an assistant coach, a position he was appointed to on March 26, 2010. He joined USC before the 2009-10 season and served as the team's strength and conditioning manager.
"I've known Tony for 20 years and feel he'll do a great job in every aspect for our program," said head coach Kevin O'Neill. "He was a great player for me at Marquette and will be a great coach for us at USC."
After starring at point guard for Marquette under then-Golden Eagles head coach O'Neill, Miller went on to enjoy a 12-year playing career in Europe, playing for teams in Holland, Belgium, Lithuania and the United Kingdom. Miller was a Dutch League All-Star in 1998 and 2000 and helped lead his Den Helder team to the 1998 Dutch League title. That season he averaged 14.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.6 steals per game while making 49.6 percent of his shots.
Miller had a standout four seasons at Marquette (1992-95), the first three with O'Neill as his head coach. He started all 29 games as a freshman in 1991-92 and averaged 6.4 points and 7.6 assists. His total of 221 assists set a Marquette single-season freshman record and were the most by any freshman in the country. He served as a team captain his final three seasons at Marquette, guiding them into the NCAA Tournament in 1993 and 1994. He averaged 8.8 points and 7.6 assists as a sophomore and led the Great Midwest Conference in three-point field goal percentage (46.9). As a junior he lead Marquette into the NCAA Sweet 16 with a coast-to-coast drive against Kentucky's full-court press. He averaged 7.2 points and 8.3 assists in 33 games. He scored 10.8 points and dished out 7.5 assists as a senior and led Marquette to a second place finish in the 1995 NIT. He ranks seventh all-time in NCAA history with 956 career assists. He is the Marquette career leader in assists and holds the school single-game record with 17 vs. Memphis on March 4, 1995. Miller was inducted into the Marquette Athletics Hall of Fame on Aug. 20, 2011.
He was a football and basketball star at St. Joseph High in Ohio and shocked a lot of people when he chose basketball and decided to play collegiately at Marquette for O'Neill. His high school football teammates Desmond Howard and Elvis Grback both went on to play football at Michigan and then in the NFL. Miller was an all-conference quarterback as a junior and led St. Joseph's to the 1990 State Championships, but dropped the sport to focus on basketball. As a senior, he led his team to the Ohio Division I State Championship basketball title.
Miller was born on April 16, 1973 in Cleveland, Ohio.