Nicole Miller is entering her second season as an assistant coach for the Cougar volleyball program in 2010.
During her first season as an assistant coach, Miller helped tutor the Cougar volleyball team that finished third in the Conference USA standings with a 13-7 record. In addition the C-USA wins were the most since 1999.
Prior to Houston, Miller served as a graduate assistant under new head coach Molly Alvey at Ole Miss. While working on the Rebels' staff together, the pair helped guide a successful team for two seasons. At Ole Miss, Miller assisted with practice planning and stats and also organized and coached the youth league and summer camps at Ole Miss.
Before joining Ole Miss, Miller served as head coach for the A5 Mizuno Volleyball Club in Atlanta for two years. While there, she was involved with preparing her players for collegiate careers and was heavily active in their recruiting process.
Miller helped mentor All-SEC Second Team selection Rachel Kieckhaefer and Freshman All-SEC recipient Regina Thomas, both recognized by their league for their superior play.
Establishing a close relationship with the players and developing strong communication levels amongst her team are high on Miller's priority list. She strongly believes in team building skills as well as improving fundamentals through training.
"Nicole is young in her collegiate coaching experience but one to watch for in the near future as her career develops. She has all the intangibles that are essential to becoming a successful recruiter," Alvey said. "Her knowledge of the game, her insight and her incredible strength in communication are just a few of the additional qualities she adds to this staff."
Miller, a former student-athlete at the University of South Carolina, brings a great amount of experience with her. During her collegiate career, she led her teammates as the captain of the volleyball squad from her sophomore through senior years. She was also heavily involved in the SEC Good Works Team for two years.
Miller continued staying active in the volleyball scene after her collegiate career was finished, moving to her position as head coach of the A5 Mizuno Volleyball Club.