It was one year ago that Sean Miller was named the head coach of Xavier Basketball. Miller was let go at Arizona after the program was forced to vacated regular season and postseason wins due to NCAA violations. Miller actually began his head coaching career at Xavier back in 2004. In his first season in his return as head coach, Miller guided the Musketeers to a 27-9 record. After knocking off Pittsburg in the round of 32 in March Madness, Miller and Xavier are Sweet 16 bound. Miller discussed via Joe Dannerman of FOX19 what has led to success this season.
“A lot of great things have happened and we have a great group to work with,” Miller said. “Our players, the age of them, the experiences that they’ve been through both good and bad, we have a mature group. They’ve been a lot of fun to coach. We’re not perfect, but we really work together collectively to be better and when you have talent and your work like that, good things can happen. They’ve certainly happened for our team here lately.”
Sean Miller spent five years as head coach of Xavier basketball from 2004-2009. Miller then took over at Arizona after legendary head coach Lute Olsen retired. Miller had several highly successful regular seasons and a couple of deep March Madness runs but it was marred in the end with the NCAA investigation and ruling. Miller was head coach at Arizona from 2009-2021.
Miller and Xavier will now face off against Texas in the Sweet 16