University of Dayton head basketball coach Ryan “Archie” Miller is regarded as one of the game’s brightest young coaches. At just 34, Miller has led the Flyers to 37 wins in two seasons.
Dayton finished the 2011-12 season 20-13 overall and earned a bid to the National Invitation Tournament for the third straight season.
In 2012-13, the Flyers were 17-14 with a depleted roster that included wins over Alabama, Murray State, Xavier and Richmond.
Miller came to UD from the University of Arizona in 2011 where as Associate Head Coach under his brother Sean, he helped the Wildcats to a 30-8 season that ended with an Elite Eight berth. Arizona had the biggest turnaround of any top program in the NCAA, improving by 14 wins in that season,
Miller has a recent connection to two teams that just missed the 2011 Final Four. Prior to his two years at Arizona, he was at Ohio State for two seasons.
In just nine years in the coaching profession, the Beaver Falls, Pa. native has been able to coach in the ACC, the Big Ten and the Pac 10 while working in some of the nation’s most fertile recruiting grounds in the East, Midwest and West. His wide range of responsibilities at all of his coaching stops have allowed him to learn from three of the most-respected coaches in the country while developing contacts from coast-to-coast. Every one of these experiences have prepared him to be a Division I head coach.
Miller is regarded as a top recruiter – his last class of incoming recruits at Arizona were a Top 10 class – and game strategist – he was the architect of Arizona’s upset of eighth-ranked Texas to get them to the 2011 Sweet 16.
That really shouldn’t be a surprise. Basketball is the family business. Archie and Sean both played high school basketball for their father John at Blackhawk High School. John was one of the country’s top high school coaches when he retired in 2005, with 657 wins in a 35-year coaching career. Archie, Sean and their sister Lisa all played Division I college basketball.
The Millers are one of six brother combinations currently coaching at the Division I level. The others are: Bryce (Valparaiso) and Scott (Baylor) Drew, Bill (New Hampshire) and Tom (Marshall) Herrion; Dan (Rhode island) and Bobby (Buffalo) Hurley; James (Yale) and Joe (Boston U) Jones, and Don (Idaho) anbd Ron (Pacific) Verlin.
Miller was a four-year letterwinner at North Carolina State (1998-2002). A point guard with an excellent shooting touch, he is third at NC State in career FT% (.846, 165-195), fourth in career threes (218) and sixth in career 3-pt. FG% (.429, 218-509). His junior numbers of .575 (59-102) from 3-pt. range are the second-best single-season mark in Wolfpack history.
The 19th coach ever at Dayton, Miller is just the sixth Flyer coach in the last 66 years.