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Mike Miller's football coaching career has come full circle geographically.

It started at Robert Morris University in 1996 and wound its way to Downtown Pittsburgh, north to Buffalo, across the Atlantic Ocean to Germany, back to the United States in Arizona, north to Canada and back home to Pennsylvania.

On Monday, Edinboro University head football coach Scott Browning announced that Miller, a Plum High School and Clarion University graduate, will take over as offensive coordinator for the Fighting Scots.

“Everything happened really fast,” said Miller in a press release shortly after the hire was finalized.

“I always give my thanks to God first. I also thank Coach Browning, Todd Jay and Bruce Baumgartner for their support. This is a good chance for me to get back to western Pennsylvania. I'm a Plum High School graduate in Pittsburgh, and I went to Clarion University. All of those things combined with the tradition and history of Edinboro make it a good fit. I'm excited to be coaching in the PSAC.”

Miller's most recent coaching stint came with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 2013. He served as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Because of injury, Miller worked with four quarterbacks who started games, and all four won at least two games.

Miller coached the Robert Morris running backs as a graduate assistant in 1997 and 1998. The 1997 Colonials won the Northeast Conference Championship.

He moved on to the Pittsburgh Steelers as an offensive quality control coach from 1999 to 2003, and he worked closely with offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.

He went to Buffalo and served two years as tight ends coach when Mularkey was named the Bills head coach in 2004.

After Buffalo's 2005 season, he served as the quarterbacks/wide receivers coach for the Berlin Thunder in NFL Europe in the spring of 2006.

Miller then earned his most high-profile job in coaching as an assistant with the Arizona Cardinals from 2007 to 2012.

He first worked with Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Woodland Hills graduate Steve Breaston as wide receivers coach and later as passing game coordinator with quarterback Kurt Warner before graduating to the offensive coordinator post under head coach Ken Whisenhunt in 2011 and 2012.

Under Miller in 2008, Fitzgerald, Boldin and Breaston each reached 1,000 or more receiving yards as the Cardinals advanced to the Super Bowl.

Miller helped Warner and the Cardinals post a 10-6 record and a 1-1 record in the playoffs in the 2009 season.

“We are extremely pleased to add a coach the caliber of Mike to our staff,” Browning said.

“We had some outstanding candidates, but Mike stood out. We talked to coaches such as Bill Cowher (former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach) and Tom Clements (Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator) and received glowing reports.

“He obviously brings a unique dynamic to our offense. I look forward to seeing what he can bring to our offense. I think he will really add to Cody's (Harris) development as a quarterback and bring out the best in the offensive talent we have.”�

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at mlove@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.

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