Bret Bielema reconnects with Wisconsin assistant, finds new OL coach at Illinois
Bret Bielema has landed one of his former assistant coaches at Wisconsin as a new staff member at Illinois. The news was announced on Tuesday morning.
Bart Miller, who was most recently the offensive run-game coordinator and offensive line coach at Wyoming, is joining Bielema’s staff at Illinois as the offensive line coach. Miller has been involved in coaching at the college level for over a decade now.
Miller’s career started at New Mexico State, where he was a graduate assistant in 2010 before joining the Wisconsin staff in 2011. He was a graduate assistant with the Badgers in his first year before being named the offensive line coach in 2012 by Bielema.
“Bart was able to show early in his career how effective he is as a teacher and motivator of young men,” Bielema said, per FightingIllini.com. “As a young coach I hired him as an offensive line coach and he helped us capture our third consecutive Big Ten title. Bart has Midwest roots and will help us recruit and keep Illinois players at home wearing the Orange and Blue. We are very excited to have Bart join our Illini family.”
After Bielema left for Arkansas after the 2012 season, Miller was named the offensive line coach at New Mexico State in 2013 and then had the same role at Florida Atlantic from 2014-15. He then had a one-year stop at Minnesota in 2016, then moved on to Air Force to coach tight ends in 2017.
In 2018, Miller was the offensive line coach at Ohio before his most recent stop at Wyoming, where he spent two seasons.