Mike Miller Resigns from Memphis Asst. Coach Position on Penny Hardaway's Staff

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 3, 2020

Memphis coach Mike Miller watches his team in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Houston Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
Karen Pulfer Focht/Associated Press

Mike Miller has resigned from his position as an assistant men's basketball coach on Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway's staff at the University of Memphis. 

In a post on Twitter, Miller wrote the "past few months have made me realize that it's time to spend more time focused on family and wherever the journey will take me next."

Miller has been a key member of Hardaway's staff for the past two seasons, with Evan Daniels of 247Sports noting he was the lead recruiter for Precious Achiuwa, Lester Quinones and Boogie Ellis.

"We will stay in touch, and I'm looking forward to him attending practices from time to time," Hardaway said in a statement after Miller announced his resignation, per Jason Munz of the Memphis Commercial Appeal

Miller has been an assistant at Memphis since Hardaway's first season with the school in 2018-19. 

In their two seasons with the Tigers, Miller and Hardaway turned the program into a recruiting hotbed. They had the top-ranked class in 2019, led by James Wiseman, per 247Sports' composite rankings. 

Memphis began the 2019-20 season ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since 2013-14 and climbed as high as No. 9. 

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Prior to working as an assistant coach, Miller had a successful 17-year NBA career from 2000 to '17. He won two NBA titles with the Miami Heat in 2011-12 and 2012-13 and was named Sixth Man of the Year during the 2005-06 season while playing with the Memphis Grizzlies.