Indiana names Archie Miller as 29th head coach in school history

  • 03/25/2017 12:54 pm in

Indiana announced the hiring of its 29th coach in school history on Saturday afternoon: Dayton’s Archie Miller.

Here’s the full release with comments from both Fred Glass and Miller:

Bloomington, Indiana – Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today that Archie Miller has been named the head men’s basketball coach for Indiana University. Widely regarded as one of the best young coaches in college basketball, Miller is a tireless recruiter of the Midwest, noted developer of talent, and a gifted tactician whose teams are known for their stout defense and efficient offense.

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 Glass. “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.

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  • Koko

    Good hire Mr. Glass and welcome Archie. I look forward to
    a lot of fun and much success from the IU basketball program
    under Archie Miller…..Go Hoosiers!

  • Donnie Vick

    I think this is a good hire, but who has Miller been successful at recruiting, beside the Greek freak’s brother? Any big IN recruits? I’m not being a naysayer, I’m just curious, trying to learn more.

  • ChitwoodIN

    I, for one, can’t say I’m disappointed as he was in my top 5.
    Now, let’s play some D and win!

  • Welcome Archie, looking forward to some fundamentals based, IU basketball!!

  • IllinoisHoosier

    I think this was a good decision. There are others that could have been just as good. I would like the know the inside baseball on who said no or was a maybe and how it all went down. He can certainly coach. I wish him well. Let’s hope he can bring Indiana back to national prominence. And can rebuild quickly with players that might leave or want out of their commitment. GO IU!!!

  • AUPD111

    Including Bryant?

  • Ben thorne

    We need to make Miller time shirts

  • Koko

    I wonder if or when he will meet with the team. The sooner
    the better…..this coaching carousel has had me in a tizzy….don’t
    want to go through that with the players on who is going and who’s
    staying. It will be an interesting summer for sure….Go CAM!…Go Hoosiers!

  • Koko

    I’m sure it’s already done.

  • Sandra Wilson

    Makes no sense for RJ to leave unless he feels his playing time might be limited. That would depend on who stays and who goes.

  • Jay Skibbe

    DEFENSE, DEFENSE, AND MORE DEFENSE, does this mean Blackmon either plays in the D LEAGUE, next year or sits the bench at IU ? Sounds like a good hire, for 3 reasons, DEFENSE, UNDERSTANDS MIDWEST RECRUITING, AND YOUNG !!!!! Thank You, Fred Glass. for firing Crean, and hiring a potential, coach, to MAKE INDIANA BASKETBALL GREAT AGAIN !!!

  • vicbert caladipo

    Partial CAPS this time! You must be stoked. Good for you

  • IULore

    Im really concerned about recruiting. I know he’s a good coach, i just wanted a big name. I think that’s a reasonable opinion.

  • Arch Puddington


  • The Lights Go Down

    He certainly won’t back away from getting a technical when the ref’s have us bent over a barrel.

  • Arch Puddington

    Right, so we can get past “Those were the days”…

  • IU Cal 1809

    Glad it’s over!! Very happy with Miller now let’s hope he can recruit like his brother and were in business. Cause he can bring in top talent with the way he coaches he well be here along time!!!

  • vicbert caladipo

    I’m a little concerned about recruiting too, but excited that our guys might play defense

  • marcusgresham

    Should…..won’t, but should.

  • marcusgresham

    Well, he coached about 40 or so miles from the Indiana border, so maybe that’s a discount double-check.

  • Kevin Russell

    Absolutely LOVE this choice !!!! HOO HOO HOOSIERS !!! WE’RE BACK

  • Hoosierkamp

    As good of a hire as it gets. He is amazing . Great guy. Great coach

  • Arch Puddington

    It’s the one thing that isn’t quite as certain as you’d like. He clearly isn’t the consummate salesman that a guy like Calipari is, but then again, almost no one is. Indeed, none of the truly legitimate candidates — Holtman, Marshall, Fife, etc. — has any great history with elite recruits. Glass had to assume that any of these guys would be able to recruit much better players at IU than they had had before, so in that sense CAM is no more of a risk than anyone else. He’ll have to step up his game, but it sure seems that there is a void waiting to be filled by a coach who can establish good relationships with the coaches and players in this state. Here’s hoping he’s the one to do it.

  • Kevin Russell

    Head to Home Depot and Staples and start buying some of the picket fence and some capital Ds. Get ready for some “D fence” back in Indiana.

  • Larry Brown

    look back at his OSU and AU time …. I think he recruited a number of them to those places, Dayton’s a little less shiny.

  • dwdkc

    You just like him because of the name. If we couldn’t have Puddington, we’ll settle for the next best Arch.

  • dwdkc

    With a handle like that, you must not hang out at any one message board for long. But I’d expect great results between the lines…..

  • iugradmark

    He was credited with getting some of the best classes for AZ when he was helping his brother. Not sure what helping means but he has been around a big program that recruited top talent. Hopefully he can do same for IU.

  • iugradmark

    I could see it either way. If he has graduated, he will be an attractive recruit for a lot of teams looking for that one year kid to help. He will be learning an entirely new system regardless. There was some talk that he wanted to finish up closer to home.

  • iugradmark

    I don’t see Bryant leaving but who knows. He has really fallen in the draft boards and seems to need more time. I don’t see him wanting to transfer and sit out a year so he may go to the camps and see what folks are telling him. Otherwise, I could see him coming back. I suspect he will be a key person for Archie to try and convince to stay. DD has said he wants to stay. I think we can start with a decent nucleus and hopefully Archie has a few kids that he has been after that he can bring along until things get rolling at IU.

  • iugradmark

    I think JBJ will move along. Unfortunately for the young man, he has had an injury every year and I am not sure playing more college ball gets him anywhere. I suspect he goes to Europe or tries to get on with the D League and hope that someone gives him a chance to be a spot player. Not likely but the kid has been chasing this dream his whole life and unfortunately, his body doesn’t seem to be able to take the pounding.

  • Arch Puddington

    I’m too modest to have said so myself, but I think you are exactly right.

  • dwdkc

    Who really knows? Might have come in Thursday and given them the final word yesterday for all we know. But what’s done is done, and Archie may be the next big thing.

  • Steve S

    I’m glad the hiring process didn’t linger for long. And I believe Archie was holding out for this job, so I am sure he will put his all into it and do a fine job. Good luck! I am also looking forward to some defense being played. He was assistant for his brother for a couple of years and has hadone success getting Dayton into the tournament, so I believe he can take IU to the next level!
    Heck, I just want to beat freakin Wisconsin, buzzer beater or not! 🙂

  • dennis powell

    This pick came faster then I would have hoped. Reading the comments , it sounds as though it was a good choice. Unfortunately every change comes with a lot of people praising it. I remember when Crean was hired. I’ve been an IU fan for 46 years so I have been through the good times and the bad times. For the last 20 years there have been far to many bad times. Whole seasons where I couldn’t watch a whole game because I was so frustrated. I will hold judgement until I’ve seen his teams play. I love IU so I pray we have found someone to bring great basketball back.

  • Ole Man

    I think he’ll recruit just fine given IU’s “attractions.” LOL!

  • MikeinNC

    Nailed it.

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  • Marty Denny

    so all you IU fans-(I’m am an alum) good hire since Crean was fired , but look at what we got rid of –
    last 200 +games: Crean138-68(Big 10) Miller(139-63)(Before the admin sellout of the team in the NIT!
    25 wins against rank opponents ,tied with Duke for most against top 3,
    highest scoring avg. in Big10 since 2011/12,highest fg pct,3 pts pct.
    Yes it was painful at times ,but 3 Sweet 16’s,rank #1 ,Big 10 Champs-
    we have now fired coach who have won 3 NCAA championships,a coach that went to the Title game(Davis), and now Crean!Knight is not coming back fans!
    Its not 1976 or 1981(my time period, where players played 250 miles or closer to home).
    Problem is thats the administration time period also!
    they are you.
    The Players today would rather live in Urban areas like-Columbus(OH),Madison,Indy(Butler),Cincy ,Lexington,Louisville etc than Bloomington!

    As an aside- now all we have done is got UM Football mad at us firing Harbaughs Bro-in Law and OSU mad at us with Kevin Wilson now OC with Buckeyes, so our Football team will get beat 100-0 by both of them, have 10 million dollars in payouts and we will wait for 2018 BBall to start a new unknown era!

  • TN Hoosier

    There were names floating around that, to me, would’ve been disappointing hires. I’m happy with this choice. Welcome, Coach Miller – let’s get after it!

  • Tracy

    Thrilled with this hire. i was one of the alum caught up in getting Alford and someone with Indiana ties. However, Miller is one of the best in the country. Most importantly, he will have Indiana playing defense again and turning the ball over much less. I hope he can recruit Indiana. Much like Wisconsin, the state of Indiana has a ton of talent!! Miller completely overachieved at Dayton. I hope he can find the same success with the Hoosiers!


    I very much want to know if Miller was ” truly ” on his short list from the very beginning, if he contacted others but was given a thanks, but no thanks, or if Miller was his first choice. If Miller was his first choice, then I believe his statement of basically saying money would not be the reason we didn’t get someone if we wanted them was simply giving lip service to that aspect of things and keeping the people that were telling him to bite the bullet and show them the money off his back.


    Pretty much anyone that was realistically available was to a certain degree a gamble, but some were, IMHO, a bigger gamble than others. I feel like Miller falls into the bigger gamble category. IMO, and that is all it is, I think there were others that were less of a gamble. Now, if the others were contacted and turned it down and it it wasn’t over salary then this was probably as good of a gamble as we were going to be able to take, and I don’t include Stevens or Donovan on the ” others ” list. Like you I will support him and hope he has the kind of success that we all want and deserve, but with this IU fan he does not have a real big window in which to do that. I guess call me supportive but all the while watching and analyzing, not watching and hoping for failure or ready to pounce on the first little thing that might not go perfectly, but watching and analyzing objectively.

  • Michael Rizzo

    As much as I don’t like to agree with Glass-There’s something about an undersized guy that was hard nosed enough to play PG at a D1 school. It shows a work ethic cause no one can coach height.

    A guy that plays smart with a little chip on his shoulder, is most likely a guy that will coach hard with a chip on his shoulder.

    I’m not that worried about the recruiting piece. Get some success and the recruits will come.

    If Butler, Gonzaga, WSU, and even Wisc etc. have proven anything a hard nosed coach with a team of like minded players can make it to the big stage.

  • AndyCapp