Duke women’s basketball head coach Kara Lawson has announced the hiring of Pierre Miller to the women’s basketball staff along with the promotion of Kenny Wolfe ahead of the 2023-24 season. Miller is set to join the staff as director of player development, while Wolfe has been elevated to director of recruiting.
Miller joins the Blue Devil family after serving as an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech during the 2022-23 season, where he assisted with all aspects of the program, primarily with perimeter players and guards. In his lone year with the Lady Techsters, Miller helped guide the team to 19 wins, 12 in Conference USA, and an at-large selection to the WNIT. The 12 conference wins marked the most for the program since 2016.
Additionally, Miller worked on the defensive side of the ball and helped guide the LA Tech defense, which ranked No. 2 in C-USA in points per game (61.2) and opponent field goal percentage (.387), while checking in third in opponent three-point percentage (.298).
“Pierre is someone who will make a difference immediately,” said Lawson. “He’s played at the Division I level and coached on the men’s and women’s side. He’s hands on with player development. He won’t just tell you – he will show you. He’s a proven recruiter & teacher. There is no doubt our players will see tremendous improvement under his guidance. His character stands out and that is an essential quality in our program.”
Prior to his time at La Tech, Miller served a six-year stint on staff with Campbell women’s basketball, working as an assistant coach for five seasons before being promoted to associate head coach ahead of the 2021-22 campaign. During his time with the Camels, Miller helped the team compile a 119-61 record (.661), a pair of Big South regular season titles (2019-20, 2021-22) and postseason appearances in the WBI (2018-19) and WNIT (2021-22).
Before Campbell, Miller spent three seasons (2013-2016) as an assistant coach for his alma mater. He assisted with all elements of the program, including recruiting, scouting, and monitoring student-athlete progress rates. During his time with the Blue Hose, Miller helped mentor four all-conference selections, including 2015 Big South Freshman of the Year Desean Murray.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Miller was a standout guard for the Blue Hose from 2007-2012. A 2012 graduate in sociology with an athletic coaching minor, Miller finished his career just shy of 1,000 points and over 300 assists. He owned numerous records in the Presbyterian Division I record book at the time of his graduation, including program-bests in assists (328) and games played (119), while ranking third with 207 made three-pointers.
“It’s a dream come true to join coach Kara Lawson and the Duke women’s basketball program,” said Miller. “My family and I are thrilled to become a part of such a prestigious institution. Can’t wait to get to work!”
Wolfe begins his second year on staff after joining the Blue Devil women’s basketball program as video coordinator in the summer of 2022. In his first season at Duke, Wolfe was primarily responsible for the live capture and breakdown of practice and game film, assisting all coaching staff and player needs including film distribution and helping with the development and presentation of scout and postgame edits. His efforts helped Duke post a 26-7 overall record featuring a 14-4 mark in ACC play, boast a top-10 defense nationally and earn a top-16 overall seed in the 2023 NCAA Tournament.
“Kenny spent a year at Duke as our video coordinator. He knows his way around a program as he has held numerous roles in his young career,” said Lawson. “He impresses me with his organization, professionalism, and attention to detail. I’m thrilled to increase his role within our program and know he will continue to be a tremendous asset.”
In his new role, Wolfe will help manage on and off campus recruiting operations for the Duke women’s basketball program, assist with community service initiatives as well as camps and clinics, among other duties.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to move into the role of director of recruiting,” said Wolfe. “It is a privilege to get to continue to work with and support the incredible student-athletes and staff we have here at Duke. I am excited to start in this new role and to continue to contribute to the world-class experience provided at Duke.”ACC Duke