Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Indiana Hires Dayton’s Archie Miller as Head Coach
Archie Miller is the new head coach at Indiana.
Miller, 38, finalized a seven-year deal worth approximately $4 million annually, per Yahoo! Sports.
Miller went 139-63 in six years at Dayton with four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. He is the younger brother of Arizona coach Sean Miller.
In hiring Miller, athletic director Fred Glass went outside the Indiana family and the Bob Knight tree in order to hire a qualified young coach.
“While there was great interest in this position, Archie Miller was on my short list from the very beginning,” Glass said. “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.”
UCLA coach and former IU star Steve Alfordtold ESPN on Friday night that he was “100 percent” not taking the Indiana job.
Two Indiana recruits, Clifton Moore and Al Durham, have requested their releases but were told the school wanted them to speak with the new coach before deciding. Moore’s father, Cliff Moore, said Indiana can re-recruit his son, a 6-foot-10 forward, after the coaching change.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.