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Sean Miller

Title Head coach
College Arizona
Sport Basketball
Team record 16-14
Born November 17, 1968 (1968-11-17) (age 41)
Place of birth Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, USA
Career highlights
Overall 136-61 (.69)
A-10 Tournament Championship (2006)
A-10 Regular Season Championship (2007, 2008, 2009)
A-10 Coach of the Year (2008)
Playing career
1987–1992 Pittsburgh
Position Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Wisconsin (GA)
Miami (OH) (asst.)
Pittsburgh (asst.)
NC State (asst.)
Xavier (asst.)

Sean Miller (born November 17, 1968 in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania[1]) is an American college basketball coach, and currently the head men's basketball coach at the University of Arizona.


Playing career


Early years

The son of John Miller, one of Pennsylvania's winningest high school basketball coaches, Miller was a star point guard under his father at Blackhawk High School in Chippewa Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He had developed considerable ballhandling skills before that time[2] and appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson when he was fourteen years old. He also would appear at NBA halftime shows dribbling five basketballs at a time.

In his junior year, he led Blackhawk to the 1986 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) title, beating his former teammates on the Ellwood City team. In his senior year, while averaging 27 points and 11 assists per game, he would lead his Blackhawk Cougars to the 1987 WPIAL championship game and lose. After graduation, he would choose to stay in the Tri-State area for college basketball, opting for Pittsburgh.[1]

University of Pittsburgh

Sean Miller's impact was immediate at the University of Pittsburgh. While being named the Big East Freshman of the Year in 1988 he would help lead the Panthers to a 24-7 record, the Big East regular-season crown, and a second-round appearance in the NCAA tournament. In addition, he would lead Pitt to NCAA appearances in his next two seasons, 1989 and 1991 (he was forced to medically redshirt the 1989-90 season after foot surgery). In the 1991 offseason, he played on the US team that won a gold medal at the World University Games. In his senior year, the Panthers made the NIT and Miller was a second-team All-Big East selection. Sean would end his Pitt career as the school's all-time leader in assists and free-throw percentage, and finish among the school's top 15 scoring leaders.[1]

Coaching career

Early Years

After graduating from Pitt with a degree in communications in 1992, he took a graduate assistant position at Wisconsin. The following year, Miami (Ohio) head coach Herb Sendek offered him a full-time assistant position. Miller spent two seasons at Miami, during which the Redskins (now the RedHawks) made two postseason appearances. He then returned to his alma mater of Pittsburgh for a season as an assistant under Ralph Willard.

In 1996, Miller rejoined Sendek, who by that time had taken the top position at North Carolina State. In Miller's five years in Raleigh, the Wolfpack made four postseason appearances, including a run into the 2000 NIT semifinals.

Miller's next move up the coaching ladder was a return to southwestern Ohio in 2001. This time he would join Thad Matta's staff at Xavier as the first associate head coach in the school's history.[1] The Musketeers won 26 games in each of Miller's three seasons under Matta, making the NCAA tournament each season. The 2004 season was especially notable. First, the Musketeers won the Atlantic 10 postseason tournament despite having to play four games to do so. Xavier then made a deep run in the subsequent NCAA tournament, finishing with the school's first-ever appearance in the Elite Eight.[1]


As head coach at Xavier, Miller took the Musketeers to four NCAA tournaments, in addition to winning three A-10 regular season championships and one conference tournament championship. In the 2008 NCAA tournament, the 3rd seeded Musketeers were eliminated in the Elite Eight by #1 seed UCLA, while in 2009, they were eliminated in the Sweet 16 by another #1 seed, Pittsburgh.


After the tournament, Miller was announced to be a possible candidate for the vacant head coaching position at Arizona. He initially turned the job down before changing his mind and accepting the job on Apr. 6, 2009 despite having never visited the Arizona campus. [3] He was succeeded at Xavier by former assistant Chris Mack. Within three months of joining the program, Miller had already assembled a recruiting class ranked #12 in the nation by[4]

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Xavier (Atlantic Ten Conference) (2004–2009)
2004–2005 Xavier 17–12 10–6 T-2nd (West)
2005–2006 Xavier 21–11 8–8 T-7th NCAA 1st Round
2006–2007 Xavier 25–9 13–3 T-1st NCAA 2nd Round
2007–2008 Xavier 30–7 14–2 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2008–2009 Xavier 27–8 12–4 1st NCAA Sweet 16
Xavier: 120–47 55–22
Arizona (Pacific-10 Conference) (2009–present)
2009–2010 Arizona 16-14 10-8 4th
Arizona: 16-14 10-8
Total: 136–61

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

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