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.
Just watched Dayton beat Stanford and still don't know who their star is..do they have one?..11 guys playing hard….well coached
FORMER ARIZONA ASSISTANTS IN THE POSTSEASON AS HEAD COACHES
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|
Dayton wins! Here is Coach K quote again about Atlantic 10: "I hear people saying there are six teams in there. Come on."