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Source: Glen Miller asked to leave UConn by Ollie

UConn announced Saturday night that Glen Miller, who invested 14 years of his coaching career into the men's basketball program, has left his position as associate head coach.

It wasn't Miller's decision to move on.

According to a well-informed source, head coach Kevin Ollie contacted Miller the day after the season-ending loss to Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference tournament semifinals on March 11. During a one-on-one meeting, Ollie informed Miller that he was making a change.

A stunned Miller never saw it coming, the source said.

Miller, a Fitch High School graduate and Groton native, couldn't be reached for comment.

The news comes on the heels of a disappointing season that ended with UConn posting a losing record (16-17) for the first time since the 1986-87 season, Miller's first as an assistant when Jim Calhoun became the head coach.

Miller, 55, contributed to the program's rise during his two different seven-year stints in Storrs. With Miller on the staff, the Huskies captured two national championships, made six NCAA tournament trips and won an NIT title.

"We appreciate the countless contributions Glen has made to UConn basketball, as a player, a coach and the associate head coach," Ollie said in a released statement. "His integrity, his dedication to the program, and his commitment to our student-athletes have been outstanding and he has had a huge role in the success we've achieved.

"I wish him nothing but the best in the future."

There's no word on Miller's replacement, but it's likely that an experienced coach will be brought in given Ollie's staff. Remaining members include assistants Ricky Moore and Dwayne Killings, who just completed his first season, and director of basketball administration Kevin Freeman. Moore just finished his fifth season, fourth as an assistant.

Miller's ties to the program date back to his playing days, competing for two seasons (1979-80, 1980-81) before transferring to Northeastern.

In recent years, Miller has expressed a desire to run his own program again. He has 17 years of head coaching experience, starting out at Connecticut College, where he guided the Camels to their first and only NCAA Division III Final Four trip in 1999. He moved on to Brown University in Providence, which achieved unprecedented success during Miller's seven seasons before he moved on to Penn in 2006.

Penn won an Ivy League championship and earned an NCAA tournament berth under Miller, who was fired during his fourth season. Miller, who served as an assistant on Jim Calhoun's staff for seven seasons starting in 1986, returned to Storrs as director of basketball administration in 2010.

When Ollie replaced Calhoun in 2012, he elevated Miller from assistant to associate head coach. Miller was part of the staff that won the 2014 national championship.

UConn has stumbled since celebrating the program's fourth national title, qualifying for the NCAA tournament just once in the last three seasons. They've regularly finished in the middle of the pack in the AAC, with the highlight capturing the 2016 AAC tournament championship.

A former point guard, Miller had a variety of responsibilities, including working with UConn's big men.

Miller is the latest departure from the program.

Sophomore center Steven Enoch is planning to transfer, his father Rick confirmed on Friday. UConn announced Thursday that assistant strength and conditioning coach Travis Illian is moving on to pursue other opportunities.

g.keefe@theday.com

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