Garden City Community College announced the hiring of former Kansas State player and assistant coach Matt Miller as its head football coach on Monday.
Miller, who served as tight ends and quarterbacks coach for the Wildcats from 1999-06, served as offensive coordinator for the Broncbusters this season after taking a six-year hiatus from coaching in the college ranks.
Miller led the Wildcats to a 10-2 record and the Holiday Bowl as a quarterback in 1995. The team finished the season ranked inside the top 10 for the first time in school history.
Garden City was looking to replace two-year coach Jeff Tatum, who resigned to take a job at Mississippi Delta Community College.
GCCC athletic director Dennis Harp told the Garden City Telegram that they had K-State coach Bill Snyder’s recommendation to hire Miller.
“We had a couple conversations with him,” Harp said. “We called other references, but Coach Snyder really was high on Matt, not only as a player, obviously, but as an assistant coach, and a guy he felt could be the right guy for this job.”
Miller, who takes over as the 20th coach in GCCC history, coached one of the best offenses in junior college this season. The Broncbusters averaged 498.5 yards per game, ranked sixth in the nation, and scored 37.7 points per game to rank 15th.
Miller said he had no doubts about applying for the job when it opened.
“To have an opportunity to take over a program like this is truly an honor, and something that, when it opened, I was definitely going to go after it,” he said.
Miller said he plans on keeping the staff as is, promoting the offensive line coach to offensive coordinator. The staff includes former K-State linebacker Jeff Kelly, who coaches the defensive line.