"I could never have imagined coaching any place but Severn," Miller said. "After sitting out a year, I just missed it. I was talking to Trey Quinn after I heard about the opening and I asked him if he thought St. Mary's would be interested in an old guy."
A few months following the 2015-16 season at Severn, Miller announced he was retiring. He didn't retire because he was moving to Florida to enjoy his golden years, but just felt it was time for someone younger and more enthusiastic to take over. He originally stepped down on April 25, 2016, but Severn Athletic Director Julian Domenech asked Miller to take a week to make sure he was firm with his decision. A week later, Miller stuck to his original decision to retire.
Miller, who lives in Annapolis, said he's been spending his free time keeping up with the area's professional teams. He did attend several high school girls basketball games last season, which eventually led to his interest in returning to the bench.
"I told my wife several times I missed it," Miller said. "I missed being in the gym with the kids and the other coaches. I felt a void."
Miller coached Severn for 16 years and compiled a 284-117 (.708) record, which included five IAAM B Conference titles. He took over at Severn in 2000 after nine years as the junior varsity coach at St. Mary's. Severn won B Conference titles in 2008 and 2010, which prompted a promotion to the A Conference.
After a pair of subpar seasons in the A, the Admirals moved back down to the B Conference and had their best season under Miller when they went 23-2 and won another B Conference title in 2014. Severn fell to eventual conference champion AACS, led by Taylor Murray, in 2015 before making another run in 2016 and falling in the conference championship game.
Miller said he did not pursue any of the other openings that became available in the county and would only return if it were at St. Mary's.
"It is great to be coming back to St. Mary's, where I got my start in high school coaching. I am very appreciative of the high school administration and in particular Allison Fondale, my new athletic director, for giving me this opportunity," Miller said. "It is my hope to help make the girls basketball team a consistent winner in the IAAM and Anne Arundel County."
St. Mary's finished 3-9 in the B Conference and 7-16 overall last year.
"Coach Miller is a proven winner and we are excited to have him back on the St. Mary's sidelines," Fondale said. "Coach Miller is a tireless worker, passionate about girls basketball and wants to make a difference at St. Mary's."
Miller hasn't finalized a staff yet and said he hopes to organize some open gym sessions soon in an effort to get to know his players.
"I stepped away a few years too soon," he said. "I really can't wait to jump in with both feet."