Sean Miller is Xavier's New Head Basketball Coach
CINCINNATI --- Xavier University President Fr. Michael J. Graham and Athletic Director Dawn Rogers introduced Sean Miller today as the new Xavier men’s basketball head coach. Miller replaces Thad Matta, who resigned this week to accept the head coach position at Ohio State.
Miller, who spent the past three years as XU’s first-ever associate head coach, is now entering his 13th season as a college basketball coach.
“I am excited to welcome Sean Miller to the position of head basketball coach at Xavier University,” said Graham. “He has had tremendous success in his basketball career as both a player and a coach. In his three years here at Xavier, I have also gotten to know Sean on a personal level. He clearly possesses the personal style and skill to continue our success as one of the premier basketball programs in the nation, on the court and in the classroom. He is committed to our Jesuit, Catholic mission of preparing student-athletes to graduate and become men and women for others.”
“Sean was our first choice from the start,” said Rogers. “We were very fortunate to have a national caliber coach available who also has a clear understanding of the program and who supports the mission of our university. Sean has been a big part of our success over the past three years and I know he is the right choice to build on that success for our future.”
Matta often referred to Miller as “a second head coach in the program.” Now Miller gets the chance to be the head coach.
“I am honored to be the new head coach at Xavier University,” said Miller. “I have a great love for this University and what it stands for. I have enjoyed being a part of our recent success and I am excited about the potential for our future.”
Miller, a 35-year-old Pittsburgh native, came to Xavier after coaching stops at North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Miami (Ohio) and Wisconsin. Miller has coached on ten teams that have advanced to postseason play in his 12 seasons as an assistant or associate head coach, including the last three seasons at Xavier.
Miller began his coaching career as an assistant under Stu Jackson at Wisconsin in the 1992-93 season. After the stop in Wisconsin, then Miami (Ohio) head coach Herb Sendek offered him a full-time spot on his staff. The RedHawks made postseason appearances in both of Miller’s two seasons at Miami (1993-95), including the 1994-95 team that finished 23-7 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
Miller left Sendek’s staff for one year, spending the 1995-96 season as an assistant under Ralph Willard at his alma mater, Pittsburgh. Miller reunited with Sendek in 1996, this time for the first of five seasons at North Carolina State. The Wolfpack made four postseason appearances in the five years (1996-2001) while Miller was at NC State, including the 2000 NIT Semifinals.
The 1992 Pittsburgh graduate is regarded as one of the best point guards in Big East history. He was the 1988 Big East Freshman of the Year and earned second team All-Big East honors as a senior. He finished his collegiate career at Pitt as the school’s all-time leader in assists (744) and free-throw percentage (.885), and is in the school’s 1,000 Point Club with 1,282 career points. In addition, he ranks among the top players in Big East Conference history in career assists and free-throw percentage.
Miller, who earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Pittsburgh in 1992, was born on November 17, 1968 in Pittsburgh. He lives in Loveland with his wife, Amy, and their three sons, Austin (9), Cameron (6) and Braden (2).
The rest of the Miller family is no stranger to the coaching ranks. His father, John, is the long-time successful coach at Blackhawk High School in the Pittsburgh area and his brother Archie, a former standout guard at North Carolina State, is now an assistant coach at Western Kentucky.