In­di­ana taps Miller of Day­ton to be coach

The Washington Post Sunday - - NCAA TOURNAMENT - BY MICHAEL MAROT

Fred Glass wanted to hire a proven win­ner for In­di­ana’s next coach. The ath­letic di­rec­tor didn’t have to wait long — or travel far to find what he was look­ing for.

On Satur­day, less than 24 hours after UCLA Coach Steve Al­ford pulled his name out of the sweep­stakes, Glass an­nounced he had hired Archie Miller from Day­ton. Miller re­places Tom Crean, who was fired March 16 after miss­ing the NCAA tour­na­ment five times in nine sea­sons.

“Archie Miller was on my short­list from the very be­gin­ning,” Glass said in a state­ment. “The more I learned about him, the more con­vinced I be­came that he is the coach we need to meet our high ex­pec­ta­tions for many years.”

Miller will be in­tro­duced at a news con­fer­ence Mon­day.

The 38-year-old Miller comes from a bas­ket­ball fam­ily and put to­gether a solid track record in six sea­sons with the Fly­ers — earn­ing a school-record four straight NCAA tour­ney bids, win­ning 24 games in each of those sea­sons and claim­ing the past two At­lantic 10 reg­u­lar sea­son ti­tles.

Miller’s older brother, Sean, coaches at peren­nial pow­er­house Ari­zona, and the younger Miller is con­sid­ered one of the bright­est young coaches in Amer­ica.

“IU is one of the great­est bas­ket­ball pro­grams and aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try, and I can­not wait to get started,” Miller said. “With peer­less fan sup­port, out­stand­ing fa­cil­i­ties and tra­di­tion, a beau­ti­ful cam­pus and lo­cated in one of the most fer­tile re­cruit­ing ar­eas in the coun­try, IU is a dream des­ti­na­tion for me and my fam­ily.”

Miller’s teams are known for their dis­ci­plined, hard-nosed play. Glass also dubbed Miller a tire­less re­cruiter in the Midwest and a “noted de­vel­oper of tal­ent.”

In­di­ana fans wanted all of those fea­tures in their new coach — and ex­pect post­sea­son suc­cess, too.

Al­ford, a for­mer In­di­ana star, might have been a can­di­date for the job, but he re­it­er­ated Fri­day night that he wanted to stay at UCLA.

The move comes at an op­por­tune time for Miller. The Fly­ers are los­ing at least five play­ers from the school’s stel­lar four-year run.

“We did ev­ery­thing we could to keep Archie at UD, but now our sole fo­cus turns to con­tin­u­ing to build the qual­ity of our na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive pro­gram,” Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Neil Sul­li­van said in a state­ment.

Be­fore tak­ing the Day­ton job in 2011, Miller worked as an as­sis­tant for his brother at Ari­zona and as an as­sis­tant un­der Thad Matta at Ohio State. He also has been an as­sis­tant at Ari­zona State; North Carolina State, his alma mater; and West­ern Ken­tucky. And he worked on the staff with USA Bas­ket­ball’s un­der-19 team, which won the FIBA world cham­pi­onship gold medal in 2015.

Sean, Archie and Lisa Miller all played Divi­sion I bas­ket­ball, and it’s the youngest of the three chil­dren who finds him­self lead­ing a pro­gram that has won five na­tional cham­pi­onships.

Miller is 139-63 in his ca­reer.

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