April 17, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller today announced the hiring of Archie Miller as an assistant coach.
Miller, 31, brings seven years of coaching and administrative experience to his brother's staff, including the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio State under Thad Motta. The Buckeyes posted a 22-11 record in 2008-09, were the runners-up in the Big Ten tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
"This is a very exciting opportunity for me for several reasons," said Miller. "One, to be able to coach at Arizona. Two, to be able to coach with my brother, and, three, to have an opportunity to continue to do something special with this exceptional program. It takes a lot to walk away from a place like Ohio State, and this is it," he said.
Miller's hiring completes his brother's staff at Arizona, where he took over April 7. Late last week Miller brought two assistants from his staff at Xavier University, James Whitford and Book Richardson, to join him at Arizona.
"Archie is one of the most talented assistant coaches in college basketball," said Sean Miller, "His playing experience in the ACC coupled with his coaching in the Pac-10, Big Ten and ACC allow him to connect with people at all levels. He has a total understanding of the game and will be a tremendous asset with our on-court and off-the-court coaching activities," he said.
"There were two key elements in putting this staff together," Sean Miller said. "The first was familiarity with our system and style of play, and familiarity with me as a coach. The second was that each of these guys can totally relate to young players, to our outstanding Wildcat alumni and to the Tucson community. When you have those two things in place, good things usually follow," he said.
Prior to his tenure in Columbus, the younger Miller spent three seasons on Herb Sendek's staff at Arizona State (2006-07) and North Carolina State (2004-06), the last two years as a full-time assistant. In 2004-05, Miller was the Wolfpack's director of basketball operations. In each of his final two years in Raleigh, NCSU won more than 20 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Miller served as the director of basketball operations at Western Kentucky University in 2003-04, where he assisted in recruiting and scouting, and coordinated the program's summer camps. Miller's efforts were key in the recruitment of Courtney Lee, who went on to become Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year (2005), an all-conference honoree and a 2008 NBA first-round draft pick.
His coaching career began at N.C. State in 2002-03, where he filled the role of intern under Sendek.
A stand-out point guard at N.C. State (1998-2002), Miller's 218 career treys ranks second in Wolfpack history, while his .428 three-point percentage ranks ninth in Atlantic Coast Conference history. He also ranks second in NCSU history with an .846 (165-of-195) career free throw percentage. During his senior season, Miller helped lead N.C. State to the ACC Tournament final, earning ACC all-Tournament first-team honors. He also helped the `Pack reach the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
Sean was an assistant coach at N.C. State during Archie's first three collegiate seasons.
A native of Beaver Falls, Pa., Miller earned a bachelor's degree in parks, recreation and tourism from N.C. State in 2002. He is married to the former Morgan Cruse. The couple has one child, Leah Grace Miller, 4.