Xavier names Sean Miller new basketball coach
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Xavier University announced on Thursday
that Sean Miller will take over as the school’s new men’s head basketball
Miller replaces Thad Matta, who resigned to accept the head coaching position
at Ohio State earlier in the day.
The 35-year-old Miller, who spent the past three years as XU’s first-ever
associate head coach, will be entering his 13th season as a college basketball
“I am excited to welcome Sean Miller to the position of head basketball coach
at Xavier University,” said school president Fr. Michael J. 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.”
Miller came to Xavier after previous coaching stints at North Carolina State,
Pittsburgh, Miami-Ohio and Wisconsin. He has been on the bench for 10 teams
that have advanced to postseason play in his 12 seasons as an assistant or
associate head coach, including the last three campaigns at Xavier.
A 1992 Pittsburgh graduate, Miller is considered 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
as the Panthers’ all-time leader in assists (744) and free-throw percentage
(.885), and scored 1,282 career points.