BLOOMINGTON, Ind – After UCLA’s Sweet 16 loss in the NCAA Tournament to Kentucky on Friday night, Bruins head coach Steve Alford was adamant that he’s not leaving Los Angeles to come to Bloomington to become Indiana’s new coach. He was was forward as ever saying he’s happy and content with UCLA and has no plans to leave.
12 hours later, Indiana put the Alford rumors to bed. On Saturday afternoon, Indiana announced that they have signed Archie Miller to be the next head basketball coach at Indiana University.
The 38 year old Miller will be introduced on Monday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall at a time to be set this weekend.
“While there was great interest in this position, Archie Miller was on my short list from the very beginning,” said IU Athletic Director Fred Glass via a team release. “The more I learned about him, the more convinced I became that he is the coach we need to meet our high expectations for many years to come. First, he has the commitments to compliance, wellness, and academics that we require at Indiana. A coach’s son with the headiness and toughness to flourish as a 5’9 major college point guard, Archie is a proven leader, proven winner, proven recruiter, and a proven player developer with a defense-first mentality that will help us win championships. Perhaps most importantly, he understands and embraces the special stature of Indiana University basketball and the critical relationship it must have with its former players, Indiana high school players and programs, and the entire State of Indiana.”
Miller’s teams have won back-to-back Atlantic 10 Championships and have reached four straight NCAA Tournaments for the first time in the history of Dayton men’s basketball, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014. The Flyers have more than 24 games each of the last four seasons, and Miller is the current Atlantic 10 and NABC District Coach of the Year. In 2015, he was a finalist for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award.
“I am honored to be the head coach at Indiana University,” said Miller. “IU is one of the greatest basketball programs and academic institutions in the country and I cannot wait to get started. With peerless fan support, outstanding facilities and tradition, a beautiful campus, and located in one of the most fertile recruiting areas in the country, IU is a dream destination for me and my family. I cannot wait to connect with former players, current players, and future players and all of Hoosier Nation. I want to thank all of the great people and players at the University of Dayton who have supported me along the way. I look forward to outlining my vision for IU basketball and offering my sincerest appreciation for the great people at Dayton on Monday.”
The Flyers under Miller are known for their hard-nosed defensive play, ranking among the nation’s best in defensive efficiency each of the last three seasons. Offensively, Miller’s teams employ an attacking style that resulted in the Flyers averaging 75.9 points per game last season.
Miller is committed to recruiting the Midwest and has had notable success recruiting the area as the head coach at Dayton and as an assistant under Thad Matta at Ohio State. Miller helped his older brother Sean, the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Arizona, bring in some of the nation’s best recruiting classes as an assistant there.
At Dayton from 2011-2017, the Beaver Falls, Pa. native compiled an overall record of 139-63. Prior to Dayton, Miller served as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona, The Ohio State University, Arizona State University, North Carolina State University and Western Kentucky. He also has been active with USA Basketball, helping coach the USA U19 team to the gold medal at the 2015 FIBA World Championship.
A member of one of the country’s great basketball families, Miller played high school basketball for his father John, at Blackhawk High School. Archie, Sean and their sister Lisa all played Division I college basketball.
A standout point guard in college, Miller was a four-year letterwinner at North Carolina State (1998-2002) under Herb Sendek where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 2002. He and his wife Morgan have a daughter, Leah.