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NBA champion, former Tiger assistant Miller named Houston High head coach

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Houston High School has announced former NBA player and University of Memphis assistant Mike Miller as the next boys basketball coach.

He takes over for the retiring Charlie Leonard.

During Leonard’s tenure the program went to new heights, including back to back District Championships and last year’s first ever appearance in the TSSAA State Tournament.

“Mike’s addition to our Family further solidifies our never ending quest to give our students the most qualified, most successful and balanced mentors to work with on a daily basis. He is elite by any standard.” said Chad Becker, Germantown Municipal School District Director of Athletics.

For the last six years, that balance has been on display in the classroom, where Houston High School has earned the highest district ACT composite score for the state of Tennessee.

With 85.6 percent of the student body demonstrating college readiness with a score of 21 or above, the discipline required to achieve such success also translates into athletics.

Mike Miller watches his son, Mason, sink a three-pointer last season. At the time, Miller was an assistant with the University of Memphis. Miller will be the head coach of the Mustangs when the high school basketball season resumes.
Photos by Kevin Lewter

Since beginning competition in 1993, Houston High School Athletics has personified excellence by earning over 100 State Championships with 63 percent of it’s programs having won a State title, 90 percent of it’s programs having won a District or Region Championship and 9 Gatorade Player of The Year Award Winners.

“I’m excited to be a part of an outstanding school like Houston. The opportunity to coach these kids is going to be an awesome experience. I’m thankful for everything Coach Leonard has done for my children. I’m ready to do my best to continue the culture he quickly created and continue to build a basketball program our community will be proud of!!” Miller said.

Originally from South Dakota, Miller’s basketball pedigree is world-class. He was a McDonald’s All American in 1997-98.

After leading the University of Florida to the National Championship game in 2000, he was the fifth overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.

He went on to a 17 year professional career which included: 2 NBA World Championships (2012, 2013), NBA Rookie of The Year (2001), and NBA Sixth Man of The Year (2006).

He currently holds the Memphis Grizzlies franchise records for Most Points in a Game (45) and Most 3-pointers in a Game (9). Miller also represented the United States in FIBA International play three times.

“A special thanks to Principal Rob Taylor, Athletic Director Chad Becker and Coach Leonard for this opportunity! LET’S GET TO WORK,” Miller said.

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