Mike Miller out at Eastern Illinois

Updated: February 27, 2012, 3:26 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Eastern Illinois will not renew the contract of coach Mike Miller, the school announced on Monday.

Miller compiled a 75-130 overall record and a 44-84 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference in seven seasons at Eastern Illinois. The Panthers completed their 2011-2012 season on Saturday with a 12-17 record and 5-11 mark in the OVC.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank Mike Miller for his service to Eastern Illinois University and in particular to our men's basketball program," Eastern Illinois athletic director Barbara Burke said in a statement. "He is a quality individual who has worked extremely hard and dedicated many hours to our student-athletes and the Panther basketball program."

Miller led Eastern Illinois to a 19-12 record in 2009-2010. It was Eastern Illinois' first winning season since 2001-2010. The Panthers have gone 21-37 since then.

"I appreciate the opportunity I was given to lead the program at Eastern Illinois and the support and friendships we have developed in the community," Miller said in a statement. "I want to thank the members of my staff especially associate head coach Chad Altadonna who has worked tirelessly the last seven years to improve this program. I want to thank all the players who have played for us and represented the program."

The school announced a national search would begin immediately, and the three current assistants would be retained until a new coach is hired.

Eastern Illinois will be the seventh school in Illinois to search for a new coach in the last three seasons. Bradley, Chicago State, DePaul, Loyola, Northern Illinois and UIC have all made coaching changes in that span.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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