TERRE HAUTE -- Indiana State University Director of Athletics Ron Prettyman announced today (Dec. 4) the hiring of Trent Miles as head football coach.
Miles is a native of Terre Haute, Ind., and is a 1987 graduate of Indiana State. Miles was a wide receiver at Indiana State from 1982-86, where his 1983 and 1984 squads each won nine games and advanced to the NCAA FCS playoffs. The 1984 Sycamores were ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the season. That team was inducted into the Indiana State University Hall of Fame on Sept. 7, 2002.
"It is with great pride and anticipation that we have named Trent Miles as head coach of the Sycamore Football program,"? Prettyman said.
"Coach Miles brings a wealth of experience having worked in some of the most respected programs in the nation, alongside some of the most respected coaches in the nation. Coach Miles started his coaching career at ISU and has now returned as head coach. Please join me as we welcome coach Miles and his family, wife Bridget, and daughters Kaylee and Anna back home to Indiana State University."
He recently completed his third season as the Washington running backs coach in 2007 after having spent the previous three years on Tyrone Willingham's staff at Notre Dame as the wide receivers coach.
This past season Husky running back Louis Rankin rushed for 1,294 yards, becoming the first Washington player to tally a 1,000-yard rushing season since 1997.
While at Notre Dame, he mentored future NFL standouts Maurice Stovall, Rhema McKnight and Arnaz Battle, as well as Jeff Samardzija, who is now playing professional baseball in the Chicago Cubs organization.
Prior to coaching at Notre Dame, Miles worked under Willingham for one year at Stanford. That season Miles had the opportunity to coach some of the nation's finest receivers including Luke Powell (whose 22.3-yard average per catch set a school record) and Teyo Johnson (the 2001 Pacific-10 Co-Freshman of the Year and a second-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2003).
Miles spent the 2000 campaign with the Green Bay Packers as an offensive assistant, working with the wide receivers and as a quality control coach. During his tenure with the Packers, he coached NFL all-pro receiver Antonio Freeman.
Miles has 17 years of coaching experience on the collegiate level. He was the wide receivers coach at Fresno State for three years (1997-99), producing some of the greatest receivers in Bulldogs' history. In 1999, two of his receivers, Rodney Wright and Charles Smith, combined to produce more than 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns on 120 receptions.
Their production helped the Bulldogs to a share of the Western Athletic Conference championship and a berth in the Las Vegas Bowl. He also recruited and coached Bernard Barien of the Chicago Bears.
Throughout his career, Miles has coached on both sides of the ball including wide receivers, defensive backs and linebackers. Miles began his coaching career at Indiana State in 1987, tutoring the wide receivers and defensive backs as a graduate assistant. Another graduate assistant position followed at New Mexico (1988-89), where he worked with the receivers and linebackers. Miles then moved on to Oklahoma in 1990, working with the wide receivers as a graduate assistant.
Following four seasons as an assistant at Northern Illinois (1991-93 as receivers coach, 1994 with defensive backs), Miles headed west to Hawaii for two seasons (1995-96), where he spent a season each with the wide receivers and defensive backs.
Miles earned a bachelor's degree in criminology from Indiana State in 1987. He was born July 29, 1963, in Terre Haute, Ind. Miles married the former Bridget Hogan on July 10, 2004. They have two daughters, Kaylee and Anna.