Sean Miller, who has completed four seasons as the Xavier head coach, agreed in the off-season to an extended contract with Xavier University that will run through the 2017-18 season. The 39-year-old Miller, who had a six-year contract when he was hired on July 8, 2004, received his third contract extension and the longest ever given to a Xavier University head coach. The new deal announced in April is a 10-year agreement beginning in the 2008-09 season and running through the 2017-18 season.
Xavier University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., said Miller and XU share a common vision. "There is a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding our basketball program and its future," Graham said. "It's clear that Sean Miller shares our passion to compete to be the best on a national level, while also running the program the right way. Sean's vision complements the University's mission and what makes this institution special."
"This agreement represents an unprecedented commitment by Xavier University to head coach Sean Miller," said Xavier University Associate Vice President and Athletic Director Mike Bobinski. "It reflects our strong belief in Sean's leadership of our basketball program and further solidifies our mutual desire to achieve success at the highest level of Division I basketball."
"This commitment reinforces my own beliefs and excitement about our future together," said Miller. "With great anticipation, I look forward to continuing to build our program and the challenges that accompany doing so."
Miller has raised his career record to 93-39 (.705) in four years at the helm, including 30-7 this past season and a trip to the NCAA Tournament "Elite Eight." The 30 wins broke the school record of 28 set in the 1989-90 season. Miller was named the 2007-08 Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year after leading Xavier to a 14-2 record and a second straight A-10 regular season title. The National Association of Basketball Coaches named Miller as its 2008 NABC District 10 Coach of the Year. He was a finalist for numerous National Coach of the Year awards.
Miller, the 16th head coach in Xavier history, has won 93 games and stands in fifth place for wins in school history. He is alone in first place all-time in XU history for most wins in the first four seasons as head coach.
Miller, who secured his third straight 20-win season, made his third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Miller has won back-to-back Atlantic 10 Conference Regular Season Championships (2007 and 2008) and an A-10 Tournament Championship (2006).
"Sean Miller has done a phenomenal job at Xavier," said Dick Vitale, one of the many members of the national media that are singing his praises. Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News said Miller has taken Xavier's program to another level. "What has happened with the program under Sean far exceeded anything I would have imagined," DeCourcy noted. "It's not because the Musketeers made the Elite Eight. Obviously, XU had done that recently. It's how relevant Xavier has become -- how seriously elite recruits view the program...it's easy to be a fan of Sean. I can't think of anyone in the profession who is more honest and more loyal. Sean is as good a person as there is in college basketball." There seems to be a consensus among the top national media. "Miller is one of the rising stars in the profession," said ESPN's Andy Katz. ESPN analyst and former Duke player Jay Bilas put it simply that "Sean is the kind of coach I would love to play for."
Xavier holds the second-best record in March in NCAA Division I since the 2001-02 season, which was Miller's first season on the Xavier campus, the first of his three seasons as Xavier's first-ever associate head coach. 2008 NCAA Champion Kansas (47-10 for .825) is first, Xavier (35-12 for .745) is second and 2008 NCAA Runner-up Memphis (43-15 for .741) is third on the list.
Xavier finished 25-9 overall in the 2006-07 season in Miller's third year as the Xavier University head coach. Xavier won the 2007 Atlantic 10 Conference Regular Season Championship and advanced to the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Miller finished 21-11 in the 2005-06 season, winning the 2006 Atlantic 10 Championship and earning a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Miller took over as head coach in 2004. Miller, who replaced Thad Matta, was Matta's right hand man the previous three seasons as XU's first-ever associate head coach. Miller helped XU record three straight 26-win seasons and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances that culminated in the 2004 "Elite Eight" run.
Miller came to Xavier after coaching stops at North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Miami (Ohio) and Wisconsin. Miller has now coached on 13 teams that have advanced to postseason play in his first 16 seasons as a head coach, an assistant or an associate head coach. That now includes six NCAA Tournaments in his first seven years at Xavier.