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Robert Morris hires Plum graduate to be offensive coordinator

Jerry DiPaola
| Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, 9:23 p.m.

Robert Morris reached into its past to find an offensive coordinator with 13 years of NFL experience.

Coach John Banaszak announced the hiring Friday of Mike Miller, a Plum graduate who began his coaching career at Robert Morris in 1997 as a graduate assistant and running backs coach for two seasons.

Miller spent 13 of the next 14 seasons in the NFL, first as Steelers offensive quality control coach (1999-2003) and later as tight ends coach for the Buffalo Bills (2004-05). After returning to Robert Morris as defensive line coach in 2006, he served six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals as wide receivers coach (2007-08), passing game coordinator (2009-10) and offensive coordinator (2011-12).

With the Cardinals, he coached All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and helped the team reach Super Bowl XLIII against the Steelers after the 2008 season.

“It's a good fit for Mike and for us because he was a graduate assistant here before he went on to have a successful coaching career in the National Football League with the Steelers, Bills and, most recently, Arizona,” Banaszak said. “He's going to bring an awful lot of experience with him that hopefully will help us build a consistent offense that will complement our defense and our special teams.”

After leaving Arizona, he was an assistant with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League and Edinboro University.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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