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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.

Coach UA asst Best postseason Program Season Record
Archie Miller 2009-2011 NCAA Elite Eight Dayton 2013-2014 26-10
Kevin O'Neill 1986-1989 NCAA Sweet Sixteen Marquette 1993-1994 24-9
Josh Pastner 2002-2008 NCAA third round Memphis 2013-2014 24-10
NCAA third round Memphis 2012-2013 31-5
Jessie Evans 1988-1997 NCAA first round Louisiana-Lafayette 1999-2000 25-9
NCAA first round Louisiana-Lafayette 2003-2004 20-9
Ken Burmeister 1983-1986 NCAA first round Texas-San Antonio 1987-1988 22-9
Ricky Byrdsong 1982-1988 NIT second round Northwestern 1993-1994 15-14
Jay John 1998-2002 NIT first round Oregon State 2004-2005 17-15
Scott Thompson 1983-1987 NIT first round Rice 1990-1991 16-14
Phil Johnson 1993-1998 No postseason San Jose State 1998-1999 12-16
Rodney Tention 1997-2005 No postseason Loyola Marymount 2005-2006 12-18
James Whitford 2009-2013 No postseason Ball State 2013-2014 5-25 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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