Thunder Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Head Men's Basketball Coach/ Assistant Athletic Director
Miller joined the program in 2011 and has more than 15 years of collegiate basketball playing and coaching experience, including serving as a graduate assistant coach to Bob Knight, who ranks 3rd on the all-time NCAA Division I wins list.
Miller’s three year career as head coach of the Trine University Thunder has included 3 consecutive winning seasons with an overall record of 44 wins and 34 losses. The Thunder have compiled a 23-19 MIAA record which is good enough for the 3rd most wins in the MIAA over that time span only behind the likes of Hope and Calvin. The Thunder have also appeared in the MIAA Conference Tournament Semifinals each year under Miller and his staff. The Thunder have been able to produce three First Team All-MIAA performers during this run including 2013 MIAA Player of the Year and 3rd Team All-American Ian Jackson. Scott Rogers (2012) and Tyler Good (2014) have also been named 1st Team All-Conference. The Thunder have gained a reputation for valuing the basketball under Miller’s watch leading the MIAA in each of his 3 seasons in Turnover Margin and ranking 2nd nationally in fewest Turnovers Per Game in 2014 at 9.0. The Thunder also benefitted from Freshman Will Dixon who led the MIAA in steals at 1.64 per game. The 2013-14 team reached a major milestone by compiling a 3.07 overall program GPA in the classroom.
Miller's basketball career started when he was a player at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich. At Hillsdale in 2003, Miller was selected team captain, Academic All-Conference, and Team Defensive player of the year. Hillsdale reached the NCAA Division II National Tournament in back to back years for the first time in school history during Miller’s sophomore and junior season’s in 2001 & 2002.
After college, Miller worked as the head assistant men's basketball coach at Hillsdale College. He helped coach and or recruit five All-Conference players and worked as head of scouting and recruiting. In 2007, his career took him to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he served as a graduate assistant coach to Bob Knight and was involved with on-campus recruiting and player development. In 2009, he became the Head Assistant Men’s Basketball coach and National Recruiting Coordinator at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. While at South Plains, Coach Miller coached and or recruited nine players that would transfer on to NCAA Division I Universities.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in History and Physical Education from Hillsdale College and a Master’s degree in Exercise Sport Science from Texas Tech University.
Brooks, his wife Gretchen, son Champ and their yellow lab Nike reside in Angola.
Kyle Lindsay came to Trine in 2011 as an assistant coach for the Trine University men’s basketball team. Lindsay will also serve as the head junior varsity coach.
Lindsay comes to Trine after spending the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Illinois College. The Blueboys finished with a 16-8 record, the program’s best in 33 years. While at Illinois College, Lindsay coached the 2011 Denny’s College Slam Dunk Champion, Jacob Tucker.
Lindsay is a native of Toledo, Ohio, and a graduate of Ottawa Hills High School. Lindsay is also a graduate of Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Lindsay competed in football for four years and basketball for one year at Adrian College. He was named a First Team All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association punter as a member of the football team.
Following his playing career, Lindsay served as an assistant coach for the Adrian College men’s basketball team. He also served as a varsity assistant coach at Ottawa Hills under the supervision of his father, John Lindsay. In his two years at Ottawa Hills, the Green Bears posted a record of 43-5 and advanced to the Ohio High School Athletic Association state semifinals for the first time in school history.
Doug Williams joined Coach Miller’s staff in 2011 after serving four seasons as an assistant coach at Archbold High School in Northwest Ohio for Doug Krauss. Williams brings over thirty-five years of coaching experience to the Thunder staff as both a head coach and an assistant at the high school and college levels. Williams began his relationship with Coach Miller back in 2005 when they worked together at Hillsdale College under then Head Coach Ed Douma.
Coach Williams has been instrumental in leading teams to or near the top of their area in most defensive statistics while being a part of five conference championships, five district championships and three regional runners-up.