Ryan Millar Athlete Profile

#12 Ryan Millar

Ryan Millar
Position: Middle Blocker Height: 6-8 Weight: 215 Roster Years: 1996-1999 Hometown: Lancaster, CA Hall of Fame: 2009 Last School: Highland High School


  • 2009 Men's Volleyball

All-America

  • 1996 Freshman Team
  • 1997 First Team
  • 1998 First Team
  • 1999 First Team

2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

Ryan Millar, a four-time All-America selection and 1999 Volleyball MagazineNational Player of the Year, led arguably the best BYU men's volleyball team in program history to a 30-1 record and the first of three national championships in five years.

Millar currently owns most of the BYU school records for side-out scoring statistics. He holds single match records for kills (48), kill attempts (95) and total blocks. Millar's single season records include kills (648), kill attempts, (1,259), block assists (192), block solos (22) and total blocks (214). His career marks include records for kills (1,797), kills per game (5.19), kill attempts (3,338), block assists (590), block solos (72), total blocks (662), blocks per game (1.91) and games played (346).

During his BYU career (1996-99), Millar was a three-time first-team All-MPSF selection as well as the 1997 MPSF Player of the Year. During his senior season in 1999, he led the country in hitting percentage (.498) and blocks per game (2.14). He is one of only five players to have ever received three first-team All-America citations.

After Millar's dominating career with the Cougars, he was selected to the USA National Team. As a member of Team USA, he has participated in three Olympic Games (2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens and 2008 Beiing). As a member of the 2008 team, Millar earned his first Olympic gold medal when the USA defeated Brazil, 3-1. In 2007, he was named USA Volleyball’s Male Indoor Player of the Year.

Millar has played nine years of professional volleyball, including six years in Italy and currently in Turkey. His major international competition includes the FIVB World Championship Qualifying Tournament, the NORCECA Continental Championships and the World Grand Champions Cup, where he was named "Best Blocker" of the tournament. Since his college days he has played in several places in the United States, Korea, Japan and Australia.

Millar has played under and coached with some of the best volleyball minds including former BYU head coach Carl McGown and former Olympic coaches Doug Beal, Marv Dunphy and Hugh McCutcheon.

In 2007 Millar teamed up with Shawn Patchell to become co-interim head coaches for the BYU men’s volleyball program. During that year BYU went 23-6 and finished the season with a No. 4 final national ranking.

Millar currently owns and operates a volleyball camp called Next Level Volleyball Camps where he travels around the country coaching volleyball to 11-18 year-olds.

A native of Palmdale, Calif., Millar is married to Suzanne Millar. The couple has one son, Max Ryan Millar born in July 2006. Millar earned a bachelor's degree from BYU in sociology

Personal

  • B.S. in sociology from BYU
  • Married to Suzanne, with one son

Career Highlights

  • Four-time All American:
  • One of only five players ever to have earned three first-team All-America Honors
  • Volleyball Magazine Freshman Team 1996
  • AVCA and Volleyball Magazine First Team 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Volleyball MagazineNational Player of the Year 1999
  • NCAA All-Tournament Team 1999
  • Led the country in hitting percentage (.498) and blocks per game (2.14) in 1999
  • Third-Team All-MPSF 1996
  • MPSF Player of the Year 1997
  • Three-time First-Team All-MPSF 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Led BYU to its first NCAA title and a 30-1 record as a senior
  • Current BYU side-out scoring record holder in all categories
  • Single-match kills (48) 1997
  • Single-match kill attempts (95) 1997
  • Single-match total blocks (18) 1996
  • Single-season kills (648) 1997
  • Single-season kill attempts (1,259) 1997
  • Single-season block assists (192) 1999
  • Single-season block solos (22) 1999
  • Single-season total blocks (214) 1999
  • Career kills (1,797)
  • Career kills per game (5.19)
  • Career kill attempts (3,338)
  • Career block assists (590)
  • Career block solos (72)
  • Career total blocks (662)
  • Career blocks per game (1.91)
  • Career games played (346)

Before BYU

  • Two-time third-team All-American at Highland High in Palmdale, California
  • Named first-team All-American as a junior by Volleyball Monthly
  • Three-time all-league and MVP of the Golden League as a senior
  • Also won MVP honors at the Poway and Redondo Tournaments as a senior

After BYU

  • Served as co-interim head coach at BYU in 1996 with Shawn Patchell
  • Played professional volleyball in Italy for six years and has played nine overall
  • Three-time member of the USA Olympic team
  • Owns and operates Next Level Volleyball camps

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • USA Volleyball’s Male Indoor Player of the Year 2007
  • Won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics 2008
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame 2009

STATS

Year

MP

GP

K

K/G

E

TA

PCT

A

SA

SE

RE

D

BS

BA

TB

B/G

BE

BHE

1996

21

82

337

4.11

147

678

0.28

17

7

35

9

137

16

132

148

1.8

29

4

1997

26

100

648

6.48

219

1259

0.34

34

19

115

5

187

19

150

169

1.69

37

7

1998

21

65

328

5.05

92

629

0.38

14

12

70

2

136

15

116

131

2.02

23

5

1999

30

99

484

4.89

104

772

0.49

18

37

122

4

149

22

192

214

2.16

27

4



1996 | Freshman Year

  • Named NCAA Freshman of the Year
  • Received third-team all-conference honors
  • Finished ranked No. 2 nationally in blocking percentage
  • Set BYU record for block assists (16) and total blocks (18) in a match

1997 | Sophomore Year

  • MPSF Player of the Year
  • First-team All-American
  • Selected to the Kaepa/AVCA national squad
  • First-team All-MPSF Conference
  • Received recognition as MPSF Player of the Week for play at the UCSB tournament
  • Ranked No. 4 nationally in kill average at 6.47
  • Had season best 48 kills in match against Pepperdine
  • Had 12 blocks versus Lewis
  • Set BYU record for kills in a match (48) and a season

1998 | Junior Year

  • First-Team All-American
  • First-Team All-Conference
  • Hit team season-high 31 kills against Pepperdine
  • Averaged a career-high hitting percentage (.375)
  • Finished second in the nation in blocking average (2.02)

1999 | Senior Year

  • NCAA National Champion
  • First-Team All-American
  • Named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team
  • First-Team All-MPSF
  • Second on the team with 484 kills and a 4.89 kills per game average
  • Led the team with a .492 hitting percentage
  • Led the team with 22 block solos and 192 block assists, both BYU single season records
  • Broke every BYU career blocking record
  • Added 37 aces and 149 digs