After the departure of former offensive coordinator Zak Hill, who now resides at Arizona State, the Boise State football team opted to promote within, hiring wide receiver coach Eric Kiesau as the new offensive coordinator. This move left a vacancy for a wide receiver coach, prompting the Broncos to bring in a familiar face to fill the role: former Bronco Matt Miller.
“Matt Miller is one of the best young coaches in the country — a great offensive mind and someone that can recruit anywhere in the country,” said head coach Bryan Harsin in a press release. “It just so happens that he’s also a Bronco, and we’re excited to have him joining this staff. He is going to do great things at Boise State.”
Miller was a standout wide receiver for the Broncos from 2011-2014. He holds Boise State’s all-time receptions leader title with 244 and is tied with Thomas Sperbeck for single-season receptions with 88.
At the young age of 28, Miller brings an impressive coaching resume to Boise. Miller has spent the previous four seasons coaching at Montana State. In the Bobcats’ 2016-17 season, Miller was the wide receiver coach but earned a promotion halfway through the 2018 season to become the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
During his time at Montana State, Miller also worked as a recruiting coordinator below the Bobcats’ head coach Jeff Choate. In 2015, prior to his hiring at Montana State, Miller stayed at his alma mater of Boise State, working as an offensive quality control assistant.
“My wife and I couldn’t be more thrilled to return to Boise,” Miller said in a press release. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Bozeman, but an opportunity to return to my alma mater and a city I fell in love with during my collegiate career, in addition to working with a championship football program with an outstanding staff and culture, was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I can’t wait to work in Boise.”
In Miller’s final two seasons as a coach with the Bobcats, he helped lead them to the Football Subdivision Playoffs. Miller and the Bobcats reached the second round in 2018 and the semifinals in 2019.
2019 was Miller’s first complete season as Montana State’s offensive coordinator. The Bobcats finished the year with an offense ranked nationally in total offense at 25th (426.5 yards per game) and 27th in scoring offense (32.7 points per game). Montana State concluded the season as the Big Sky Conference’s leading rushing offense (258.1 yards per game).
Miller joins a Boise State team that is nationally ranked at 23rd in the final polls and is coming off another Mountain West Championship. Miller will be working with a wide receiver room that is primarily underclassmen.