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Kelli Miller
Position: Assistant Coach
Experience: 4 Years
Phone: 765.285.1123
Email: kmiller2@bsu.edu
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Kelli Miller
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 06/09/2010

   Kelli Miller, a Muncie native and one of the top defenders in both Muncie Central and Purdue history, enters her fifth season as an assistant coach for the Ball State women’s volleyball program in 2014.

   In her first four years with the program, the Cardinals have posted a 87-38 (45-19 MAC) overall record, won the 2010 MAC Regular Season Championship, earned an at-large berth into the 2011 NCAA Tournament and won a share of the 2013 MAC West Division crown.

   A former collegiate libero herself, Miller helped mentor senior libero Alyssa Rio to the 2010 Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) National Libero of the Year award. Rio finished the season ranked second in the nation with a 5.86 digs-per-set average, and was a four-time MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week and the CVU.com National Player of the Week (Nov. 2).

   In addition, Miller has helped Ball State’s student-athletes earn a league-high 11 All-MAC First Team selections and four All-MAC Second Team honors over the last four seasons, while two players have also been named to the MAC All-Freshman Team.

   After serving as Ball State’s defensive coordinator for her first three seasons, in which the team ranked in the top three in the league in digs-per-set average all three years, Miller took over the role of offensive coordinator for the 2013 season. Ball State’s offense shined with her guidance, finishing first in the MAC and seventh nationally with a 14.84 kills-per-set average.

   Prior to coming to Ball State, Miller was a student/volunteer coach for the Boilermakers in 2009. At Purdue, she was responsible for scouting opponent's hitters, reception rotations and servers. She also developed and implemented serve receive and defensive drills during practice.

   In addition to her work with the Boilermakers, Miller was the head coach for the Munciana Volleyball Club's Pink Panthers (11-1's) and an assistant for the Samurai (18-1's) this past spring.

   Prior to her coaching career, Miller was a four-year standout libero at Purdue from 2005-08. She finished her career as the program's all-time leader in digs (2,013) and digs-per-set average (4.05). A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Miller helped guide the Boilermakers to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including three trips to the NCAA Regional Semifinals. All four teams were ranked in the top-25 nationally, with her 2008 squad finishing the year at No. 15.

   A five-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Miller also collected a program-record 40 digs in a match against Indiana on October 17, 2007. Over her career, Miller played in all 136 of Purdue's matches and in 496 of a possible 497 sets. She also ended her career as the only player in program history to record 30-or-more digs in a match five times over her career.

   Prior to attending Purdue, Miller was a four-time All-State selection at Muncie Central High School. The No. 47 recruit in the country as listed in prepvolleyball.com's senior aces, Miller helped guide the Bearcats to state titles as a sophomore and senior, while finishing as a runner-up her junior year. She led Muncie Central to four-straight conference titles, all undefeated league seasons, and earned East Central Indiana Volleyball Player of the Year accolades as a junior.

   Miller also played club volleyball for Munciana, with her 13-under team finishing second in the nation, while her 14-under team placed third. As a member of the Munciana Samurai 18-1's which was coached by Ball State alumnus Mike Lingenfelter, Miller was named to the All-America squad after helping guide her team to a runner up finish at the USA Junior Olympics.

   A native of Muncie, Ind., Miller graduated from Purdue in December of 2009 with a bachelor's degree in health and kinesiology. Her brother, Brad Miller, was a four-year letterwinner for the Ball State baseball team from 2003-06 and was an 18th-round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks following his senior season.