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Archie Miller first former Arizona Wildcats assistant to reach Elite Eight


Archie Miller

Archie Miller

Archie Miller, younger brother of Sean Miller, became the first former Arizona Wildcats assistant coach to reach the Elite Eight with Dayton’s 82-72 victory over Stanford in the NCAA Tournament South Regional Sweet 16 tonight.

“Their work ethic is tremendous,” Archie Miller told CBS about his team. “But more importantly, it’s been their sense of team. There has not been a more truer team that I’ve been around in a long time. … To be where we’re at right now is a real credit to the kids and their togetherness.”

Kevin O’Neill, who served as an assistant under Lute Olson from 1986-89, took Marquette to the Sweet Sixteen in 1994. Archie Miller matched that feat last weekend when the Flyers upset Syracuse.

A total of 11 assistants under Olson and Miller have advanced to the head coaching ranks.

A list of former Arizona assistant coaches under Lute Olson and Sean Miller who have advanced to become a head coach at the Division I level. If coach has not coached in the postseason, the season and record listed is his best. Bold denotes ongoing this season.
[table “” not found /] publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.


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