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AP source: Dayton hires Archie Miller

- Associated Press - Sunday, April 3, 2011

Archie Miller was hired as the University of Dayton's next coach Sunday, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The move came less than a week after Brian Gregory left to take over at Georgia Tech.

Miller was expected to meet with the team on campus, then be introduced to the media later Sunday, according to the person, who was speaking on condition of anonymity because the university had not confirmed the hiring.

The 32-year-old Miller has been associate head coach the last two seasons for older brother Sean Miller at Arizona. He started his coaching career as an assistant under Herb Sendek, spending three years at North Carolina State and two at Arizona State. He was one of Thad Matta's assistants at Ohio State for two years before joining his brother's staff.

Miller takes over a program in transition, coming off two disappointing seasons.

The Flyers were picked to win the Atlantic 10 in 2009-10, when they had four starters and 10 of their top 11 scorers returning. They were erratic and lost a lot of close games under Gregory, finished only 8-8 in conference play and had to settle for an NIT berth. The Flyers beat North Carolina to win the NIT title and finish 25-12.

They were expected to be among the A-10's top teams this season, but had to settle for the NIT again. The Flyers lost to the College of Charleston 94-84 in the first round.

After the season, starting freshman point guard Juwan Staten and reserve freshman guard Brandon Spearman decided to transfer. Staten started 34 games and averaged 8.5 points and 5.4 assists. Spearman started two games, averaged 11 minutes and scored 2.5 points per game.

Sean Miller spent five seasons as head coach at Xavier _ one of Dayton's biggest A-10 rivals _ from 2004-09 before moving to Arizona to rebuild the program, bringing his brother along as his top assistant.

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