Dan Muller's Home Improvement Project - Build ISU Winner

Redbird Coach Enjoys Do-It-Yourself Work

NORMAL, Ill. - Dan Muller isn't afraid to get his hands dirty.

He loves to work on home improvement projects in the offseason, learning by trial and error.

 "I've fallen through roofs and busted my lip open," Muller quipped. "I've bled plenty of times. Luckily I haven't cut anything off."

He's done plumbing and electrical work, built tables and shelves, even done brick work. Right now he's trying to build his Illinois State Redbirds into a team that will make the NCAA Tournament.

Muller says it's a lot like his home improvement work.

"I do enjoy trying to figure things out, how to put things together," Muller said. "Can I try something new?"

When he was a player at Illinois State in the mid-1990's, he wasn't sure he had the tools to be a coach. But his former teammates believed it.

They thought all along he could be a solid coach. And be the guy to bring the Redbirds to their first Missouri Valley championship in two decades.

"He's got all the qualities," said Jamar Smiley, Muller's four-year teammate at ISU. "He's well-rounded, he doesn't get tense under pressure, he makes sound decisions regardless of the moment. That's what you need in a head coach. "

The Redbirds and Wichita State have 14-1 records atop the league standings entering the final week of the conference season.

"There's a good Wichita State team that's going to have something to say about it but I think he is the guy to do it. I think this is the team do it," said former ISU guard Skipp Schaefbauer, Muller's college roommate from 1996-98.

Muller believes he has the right tools to get the job done. Soon we'll find out if the finished product is good enough to past NCAA selection committee inspection.

 


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