Providence has hired alum and former assistant coach Ryan Miller as its next boys basketball coach.
Miller, a 1999 Providence graduate who went on to play basketball at Eastern Kentucky University, will have former IU basketball player Lance Stemler on staff as associate head coach. The two were assistants together for former Pioneers' coach Lou Lefevre.
The Pioneers had success during Miller's time as an assistant, which involved a stint from 2004 to 2006 and from 2011 to 2014, winning three sectional titles and two regionals. Miller served as an assistant for Floyd Central coach Todd Sturgeon from 2014 to 20018.
Coach Miller said he is excited to return to his alma mater as head coach, noting that his extended family — from his parents to their siblings and his own siblings — all are Providence graduates.
“Providence is our community,” Coach Miller said. “I’m just glad to be back here. I have a great deal of pride for the entire New Albany Deanery and Providence.”
Stemler played at Indiana for two seasons and was a part-time starter for the Hoosiers during those 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. Stemler, a native of Waterloo, Ill., is a member of the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame. He's married to Amanda (Loi) Stemler, a 2005 Providence graduate.
Coach Miller and Coach Stemler are looking forward to coaching together again and leading the boys’ basketball program.
“We look forward to bringing a great sense of pride for our players and the community and how we play and represent the program,” Miller said.