Indiana has its man.
The university announced Saturday that it has hired Dayton’s Archie Miller to become the new head coach of its storied program. Miller, the 29th men’s basketball coach in school history, replaces Tom Crean, who was fired on March 16.
This will be the second head-coaching job for the 38-year-old Miller, who spent the past six seasons guiding the Flyers. Miller’s teams at Dayton have won back-to-back Atlantic 10 Championships and have reached four straight NCAA Tournaments for the first time in program history. Under Miller’s guidance, Dayton reached the Elite Eight in 2014.
Miller brings a 139-63 career record to Bloomington, where he will be introduced in a formal press conference on Monday afternoon. According to the Dayton Daily News, Miller rushed to inform his former players of his new job on Saturday afternoon.
“While there was great interest in this position, Archie Miller was on my short list from the very beginning,” IU 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.”
Miller comes from a coaching family. His father, John, enjoyed a highly successful high school coaching career for 35 seasons in Western Pennsylvania. His older brother, Sean, recently completed his eighth season as head coach at Arizona.
Miller played point guard at North Carolina State from 1998 through 2002 and began climbing the coaching ranks immediately after his playing career ended. He started as a coaching intern at his alma mater during the 2002-03 season before taking his first full-time assistant position at Western Kentucky the following season.
After one year there, Miller returned to NC State first as directer of basketball operations then taking on a full-time assistant’s role for one year. When former NC State coach Herb Sendek left to take the Arizona State job in 2006, Miller followed him and spent one season there as an assistant for the Sun Devils.
Miller later spent two seasons as an assistant under Thad Matta at Ohio State before joining his brother Sean’s staff for two seasons at Arizona. He was hired at Dayton in 2011.
“He has the commitments to compliance, wellness and academics that we require at Indiana,” Glass said. “A coach’s son with the neadiness and toughness to flourish as a 5-foot-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.”
During his six seasons at Dayton, Miller did well with unheralded high school prospects, signing only one four-star recruit in that time. But Miller made it work with teams that were well regarded for their offensive efficiency and defensive commitment. His 2012 and 2013 teams were each ranked No. 29 nationally in offensive efficiency. This past season’s team was the 53rd most efficient offensive team in the country.
Defensively, the Flyers were even better. During the 2015-16 season, Dayton finished ranked No. 15 nationally in defensive efficiency. This past season’s team, which lost to Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, was the 41st most efficient defensive team in the nation.
For context, Indiana was No. 28 in offensive efficiency and No. 105 in defensive efficiency this past season.
“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.”