June 8, 2010
MUNCIE, Ind. - Boilermaker defensive standout Kelli Miller, who spent last season as a student/volunteer coach at Purdue, has been named an assistant coach for the Ball State women's volleyball program, first-year head coach Steve Shondell, brother of Purdue head coach Dave Shondell, announced Monday.
"This is a great story of a Muncie native with a legendary high school and college career coming back to coach in her hometown," said Shondell. "Kelli is going to be a great addition to the Ball State family and Muncie community. She is simply a winner, who has a lot of self confidence and leadership abilities. I have been able to assemble a coaching staff of my dreams with her and Marci."
In her role as a student/volunteer coach for the Boilermakers last season, Miller was responsible for scouting opponent's hitters, reception rotations and servers. She also developed and implemented serve receive and defensive drills during practice. In addition to her work with the Boilermakers, Miller was the head coach for the Munciana Volleyball Club's Pink Panthers (11-1's) and an assistant for the Samurai (18-1's) this past spring.
"I am very excited to join the Ball State women's volleyball family," said Miller. "I have known Steve since I was 12 years old, and it is an honor to be a part of his staff. I have also heard great things about Marci and I am excited to be able to learn from her. I am looking forward to stepping in and helping take this program to the next level. I am proud to be a part of the Ball State Volleyball tradition."
Prior to her coaching career, Miller was a four-year standout libero at Purdue from 2005-08. She finished her career as the program's all-time leader in digs (2,013) and digs-per-set average (4.05). A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Miller helped guide the Boilermakers to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including three trips to the NCAA Regional Semifinals. All four teams were ranked in the top-25 nationally, with her 2008 squad finishing the year at No. 15.
A five-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week selection, Miller also collected a program-record 40 digs in a match against Indiana on Oct. 17, 2007. Over her career, Miller played in all 136 of Purdue's matches and in 496 of a possible 497 sets. She also ended her career as the only player in program history to record 30-or-more digs in a match five times over her career.
Prior to attending Purdue, Miller was a four-time All-State selection at Muncie Central High School. The No. 47 recruit in the country as listed in prepvolleyball.com's senior aces, Miller helped guide the Bearcats to state titles as a sophomore and senior, while finishing as a runner-up her junior year. She led Muncie Central to four-straight conference titles, all undefeated league seasons, and earned East Central Indiana Volleyball Player of the Year accolades as a junior.
Miller also played club volleyball for Munciana, with her 13-under team finishing second in the nation, while her 14-under team placed third.
A native of Muncie, Ind., Miller graduated from Purdue in December of 2009 with a bachelor's degree in health and kinesiology. Her brother, Brad Miller, was a four-year letterwinner for the Ball State baseball team from 2003-06.