Search over: Archie Miller is the choice for Indiana

  • 03/25/2017 1:50 pm in

Nine days after announcing its decision to move from Tom Crean, Indiana has a new head basketball coach.

On Saturday afternoon, the program confirmed the hiring of Archie Miller, who spent the last six seasons at Dayton University.

“While there was great interest in this position, Archie Miller was on my short list from the very beginning,” Athletic Director Fred Glass said in a statement. “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.”

At Dayton, Miller compiled a 139-63 record and led the Flyers to the past four NCAA tournament. Dayton reached the Elite Eight in 2014 as a No. 11 seed.

Dayton shared the Atlantic 10 regular season title last season and won it outright this season. Under Miller, Dayton won 24 or more games the last four seasons.

According to Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, the deal is for seven years and in the range of $4 million annually.

Miller is scheduled to be formally announced in a press conference on Monday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

“I am honored to be the head coach at Indiana University,” Miller said in a statement. “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.”

Dayton released a statement on Saturday afternoon, thanking Miller for his past six years with the program.

“I want to extend our deepest gratitude and sincere thanks to Archie for an incredible run,” Dayton AD Neil Sullivan said. ”He is a first-class person and coach and has made incredible contributions to our men’s basketball program, the University and the community. He has made a lasting impact on the student-athletes he has served.”

Dayton was one of just 19 schools to reach the NCAA tournament in each of the last four seasons. It also had a perfect graduation success rate for men’s basketball over the last six years, according to a release by the school.

A native of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Miller played high school basketball for his father, John, at Blackhawk High before going on to play point guard at North Carolina State from 1998 to 2002.

His older brother, Sean, the head coach at Arizona, and his sister, Lisa, also played college basketball.

Miller and his wife, Morgan, have one daughter, Leah.

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  • calbert40 – AC000000

    Registered last night!

  • enickman

    if he can keep the bulk of the current team and bring in our recruits we can be competitive next year. Even if TB, OG and JBJ leave. Not sure they all leave though. RJ either.

  • Jim Miller

    oooh maybe AFM is the way to go rather than CAM?

  • twarrior87

    trolling with my negativity again? when have i ever been known as a troll? please read my previous comments and retract your statement.

  • Jim Miller

    I am going to disagree there. TC is a good coach, in the end just not the right coach for IU. I think he could thrive at a lot of schools. Just probably not a top 20 program over the long haul. For instance, I think he could have gone to Mizzou and killed it there.

  • twarrior87

    I just thought IU would go bigger and make a statement. I don’t have a name for you, but they hired another guy with success taking a small school to the tournament a few times. I hope he does great. At least we know he’ll teach defense.

  • Sure, I hear you. Probably got a little too snarky there. I doubt he’ll ever become an elite coach, however, which is really what I meant.

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  • marcusgresham

    Pretty sure Hartman has already been determined to be moving on with the rest of his life.

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  • sams212

    Jay Wright, Coach K, Kevin Ollie, Rick Pitino, John Calipari, Jim Calhoun, Roy Williams, Bill Self, Billy Donovan, Jim Boeheim, Gary Williams, and Tom Izzo are the only coaches to win a championship in the 21 century. Who on this was IU supposed to get, especially after Donovan said no?

  • sams212

    He was also credited for pulling in big recruits when he was an assistant at OSU and Arizona. He knows what he’s doing.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    I was able to register, but I was unable to pay. I assume that is the issue that needs fixed.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    I know we have an unwritten rule about discussing specific players whom we believe may be transferring, but I really thought that RJ was a high transfer risk. I don’t know if that changes for the better or worse with a new coach, but he’s the one guy I’m really hoping sticks around for his senior year.

  • Levi Johnson

    OG will most likely be a 1st round pick, so it’s hard for me to see him staying, and I am doubtful for Bryant and Hartman as well, but I think Blackmon will be back for another year. He has too much work yet to do on his game. I don’t really care who stays just as long as who is around wants to play some damn defense.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    There are some really interesting stories out today about his recruiting when he was an assistant. Specifically, he recruited Courtney Lee from Indy to Western Kentucky in his first season as a full time assistant coach. Lee is the current career scoring leader in WKU history now, and the HC then said that the reason he came was Archie.

    I think he’s got the chops to recruit, and now that he has the backing and resources of Indiana, I think he will do just fine.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    Sadly, some of the issues they are having with volume have curtailed my ability to use the forum for a little bit. But I’m excited to get started.

  • Lisa Wiggins Osmon

    I thought IU would go after a “bigger name” coach as well.

  • Ole Man

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