New Mexico State football interim head coach Doug Martin announced today, the hiring of Bart Miller as the Aggies’ new offensive line coach.
“Having known Bart (Miller) when he was graduate assistant here at New Mexico State and someone who knows this program is a bonus,” Martin said. “Obviously, with his experience in taking a team all the way to the Rose Bowl is a big plus for our program. We are excited to have Bart (Miller) as a member of our staff.”
“I’m very excited to return to New Mexico State and work under Coach Martin,” Miller said. “I share his vision and goals for the program and I truly feel we can do some special things. I appreciate the opportunity to help turn the NM State football program in the right direction.”
As the offensive line coach at the University of Wisconsin, Miller was named one of the Big Ten’s Best Assistants in 2012 by ESPN.com, after taking over an offensive line in September that ranked 103 nationally in rushing averaging only 101 yards per game, and finished 12 in the nation, averaging 237.8 yards per game and 5.2 yards per rush. (265 yards per game in conference play). He helped guide the Badgers to their third consecutive Big Ten Championship and earned a berth to their third consecutive Rose Bowl.
The Wisconsin run game set the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 all-time single game rushing performances in school history (564 yards vs. Indiana, 542 yards vs. Nebraska, and 467 yards vs. Purdue), as the offensive line paved the way for All-American and Doak Walker Award winner Montee Ball to break the NCAA career touchdown record (86), and finish seventh nationally in total rushing, including three 200-yard individual rushing performances.
Miller coached NFL prospects and 2012 All-Big Ten honorees Ricky Wagner, Ryan Groy and Travis Frederick, while helping to re-establish a physical standard of excellence throughout the unit – resulting in 586 total knockdown blocks in 13 games and 4 games with over 300 yards rushing in 2012. The Badgers were one of the least penalized teams in the nation, ranking 5th in penalties against and 4th in turnovers allowed.
In 2011, as a graduate assistant for the Badgers, Miller worked directly with the offensive line and tight ends, helping lead one of the best offenses in the country, averaging 44.1 points per game, 470 total yards per game and 235.6 rushing yards per game. He coached and worked with NFL first and second round picks, All Big Ten honorees and All-Americans Kevin Zeitler and Peter Konz, Heisman Finalist Montee Ball, and NCAA record holder and NFL starter Russell Wilson. The Badgers were Big Ten champions in 2011 and participated in the 2012 Rose Bowl. Miller helped guide all five starting offensive linemen to receive either All-American or All-Conference honors.
The Omaha, Neb., native went to Wisconsin after spending 2010 as a graduate assistant at New Mexico State where he worked primarily with the offensive line. Prior to joining the Aggies, Miller served in the front office of the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL.
A 2007 graduate of the University of New Mexico, Miller was a starter and two-year letterman for the Lobos on the offensive line, earning Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors as a junior and senior. A part of four bowl teams, Miller played right guard for the 2007 UNM team that had a 1,000-yard rusher, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 3,000-yard passer. The Lobos finished the season 9-4 and won the school's first bowl game since 1961.
Miller received his bachelor's degree in organizational communication and a minor in business from UNM in 2007 and completed his master's degree in education. He and his wife, Amy, live in Las Cruces.