DAYTON, OHIO (AP) - Archie Miller was hired Sunday to lead the Dayton basketball program, less than a week after Brian Gregory left to take over at Georgia Tech.
The 32-year-old Miller has been associate head coach the last two seasons for older brother Sean Miller at Arizona. He started as an assistant under Herb Sendek, spending three years at North Carolina State and two at Arizona State. He also was one of Thad Matta’s assistants at Ohio State for two years before joining his brother’s staff.
Miller was on campus Sunday to meet the team and be introduced at the University of Dayton Arena, where the NCAA tournament’s First Four was held.
“I don’t take lightly for one second the opportunity or responsibility in front of me,” Miller said. “Our program is one of the rare programs that stacks up with any in terms of the total package of athletics, academics and community support.”
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.
Dayton lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2000, 2003 and 2004. The Flyers reached the second round in 2009, but haven’t made it past the second round since 1984.
“Archie Miller is the right guy for this time at the University of Dayton,” Dayton athletic director Tim Wabler said. “He is someone who embraces building on what has come before and getting us annually in the NCAA tournament.
“He is a great fit for the University of Dayton, and it became clear as our search progressed that he was our man.”
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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