Xavier rewards Miller with contract extension
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Xavier University announced Thursday that
men’s head basketball coach Sean Miller received a contract extension that
will keep him with the school through the 2015-16 season. As per school
policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Miller, who was originally hired on July 8, 2004 to replace Thad Matta, has
guided the Musketeers to a 63-32 record. Xavier finished 25-9 overall this
season, his third as head coach. The Musketeers won the 2007 Atlantic 10
Conference Regular Season Championship and advanced to the second round of the
2007 NCAA Tournament before losing to Ohio State, now coached by Matta. Miller
finished 21-11 in the 2005-06 season, winning the 2006 Atlantic 10
Championship and earning a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
“We had a great conversation today and discussed our mutual desire to solidify
Sean’s leadership role within our men’s basketball program,” said athletic
director Mike Bobinski. “Xavier wanted to communicate clearly to Sean how
pleased we are with his leadership of this very visible component of the
University. Our agreement is a comprehensive one that is designed to ensure
that Sean and the entire program will have the continued ability to compete at
the highest level of Division I basketball.”
Prior to taking over as the head coach, Miller spent three seasons as the
Musketeers’ first-ever associate head coach and Xavier went 78-23 over that
span, which included three straight 26-win seasons. The Musketeers also went
5-3 in the NCAA Tournament with Miller on the bench, which includes a trip to
the 2004 Elite Eight.
“I would like to thank (University President) Father Michael Graham,
(Administrative Vice President) John Kucia, Mike Bobinski and the entire
Xavier University community for this tremendous opportunity,” said Miller. “I
am very excited and look forward to continuing to lead our basketball program
to greater success in our future together.”
The 36-year-old Miller, came to Xavier after previous coaching stints
at North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Miami-Ohio and Wisconsin.
A 1992 Pittsburgh graduate, Miller was the 1988 Big East Freshman of the Year
and earned second team All-Big East honors as a senior. The point guard
finished his collegiate career as the Panthers’ all-time leader in assists
(744) and free-throw percentage (.885), and scored 1,282 career points.