Archie Miller’s first hires as Indiana men’s basketball coach are now official.
Bruiser Flint, Tom Ostrom and Ed Schilling will join Miller’s staff as assistant coaches, IU announced Thursday. All three are well regarded in basketball circles, having totaled more than 80 years of coaching experience as a trio.
“I’m very excited to be able to put together what I think will be one of the hardest working and gifted staffs in the country that will recruit, teach, mentor and develop the next generation of Indiana Hoosiers,” Miller said in a statement. “This group brings a wealth of experience in every facet of coaching and I can’t wait to work with them on a daily basis.”
In addition to the three full-time assistants, Miller has named former Dayton Director of Basketball Operations Bill Comar as IU’s Assistant Athletic Director for Basketball Administration. Former Dayton graduate assistant Ben Sander will join the program in an administrative capacity and former IU forward Derek Elston will return for his third year as IU’s Director of Player Development.
Making these hires official comes at a key time. Head coaches and assistants across the country will be on the road watching AAU events during this month’s upcoming evaluation periods, which run April 21-23 and April 28-30.
“I think the first step in establishing excellence is to surround yourself with people who have the ability to make everyone they work with better,” Miller said. “We have a group that offers our young men in the program expertise that is second to none and should help them have the best experience possible as a student-athlete.”
Miller’s staff features connections to both coasts, his former job at Dayton and, perhaps most importantly, the state of Indiana.
The latter may be where Schilling helps the most. Schilling, a Lebanon native, spent four seasons coaching Park Tudor, tutoring former Hoosier Yogi Ferrell and winning a pair of Class 2A state titles before leaving to become an assistant for Steve Alford at UCLA in 2013.
Flint ensures IU will retain ties to the East Coast. The Philadelphia native is a four-time Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year and the all-time winningest coach at Drexel. He has 29 years of coaching experience, having won 331 career games between Drexel (2001 to 2016) and Massachusetts (1996 to 2001).
He and Schilling both served as assistants on John Calipari’s staff at UMass during the 1995-96 season. That year, the Minutemen advanced to the Final Four with a 35-2 overall record. After that season, Flint was named head coach at UMass and Schilling joined Calipari’s staff with the New Jersey Nets.
Schilling’s Indiana high school basketball coaching experience also includes stints at Western Boone (1989 to 1991) and Logansport (1992 to 1995). He holds six years worth of head coaching experience at Wright State, along with an assistant position under Calipari at Memphis.
Schilling also seems to be as plugged in as any assistant to the worlds of AAU basketball and player development. From 2007 to 2013, Schilling served as a head coach for Adidas Nations and also has experience preparing players for the NBA Draft, having worked with Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Mario Chalmers, Gordon Hayward, Carl Landry, Jeff Teague, Marquis Teague, Cody Zeller and others in the past.
Ostrom and Comar worked with Miller for each of his six seasons as Dayton coach. Ostrom has also spent time at Arkansas (2007 to 2011), South Alabama (2004 to 2007) and Florida, where he worked in various roles for Billy Donovan from 1998 to 2004.
Ostrom and the Miller family go way back. He spent seven years working as director of operations at Xavier for Thad Matta, Miller’s former boss at Ohio State, and Sean Miller, Archie’s older brother.