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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 fourth season as an assistant coach for the Ball State women’s volleyball program in 2013.

   In her first season at Ball State in 2010, Miller helped guide the Cardinals to the program's eighth Mid-American Conference Regular Season Championships and a 24-5 (14-2 MAC) record. BSU's .828 winning percentage for the year is the third-best in program history and ranked 17th in the nation among the 328 NCAA Division I Programs.

   A former libero herself, Miller helped mentor senior libero Alyssa Rio to the 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).

   Miller also helped coach Rio and Kelsey Brandl to All-MAC First Team accolades, and Brittany McGinnis and Whitney Heeres to All-MAC Second Team honors.

   In 2011, Miller helped coach the Cardinals back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2002 season as Ball State earned the program's second-ever at-large bid into the 64-team event. BSU finished the season with a 25-8 (12-4 MAC) record and ranked 36th in the NCAA Women's Volleyball RPI rankings among the 327 NCAA Division I programs. Ball State also received votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Coaches poll for the first time since the 1995 season.

   Miller also helped coach a school-record four student-athletes to All-MAC First Team accolades during the 2011 season, with Brandl, Jennifer Boyd, Kara Bates and Catie Fredrich all picking up the honor. Boyd would go on to earn Academic All-MAC honors, while Bates was named to the MAC All-Tournament Team marking BSU's first all-tournament selection since the 2005 season.

   In 2012, Miller helped Bates pick up her second consecutive All-MAC First Team honor, while senior transfer Lisa Scott also earned a spot on the league’s top squad. In addition, freshman Jenna Spadafora earned recognition on the MAC All-Freshman Team.

   "This is a great story of a Muncie native with a legendary high school and college career coming back to coach in her hometown," said Ball State head coach Steve Shondell. "Kelli is going to be a great addition to the Ball State family and Muncie community. She is simply a winner, who has a lot of self-confidence and leadership abilities. I have been able to assemble a coaching staff of my dreams with her and Marci."

   In her role as a student/volunteer coach for the Boilermakers in 2009, Miller 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.

   "I am very excited to join the Ball State women's volleyball family," said Miller. "I have known Steve since I was 12 years old, and it is an honor to be a part of his staff. I have also heard great things about Marci and I am excited to be able to learn from her. I am looking forward to stepping in and helping take this program to the next level. I am proud to be a part of the Ball State Volleyball tradition."

   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.