Coaching Candidate Profile: Archie Miller

Jared Wickerham

Today Blogger So Dear takes a look at Archie Miller's resume. Should Wake Forest consider this 35 year old?

If you didn't know who Archie Miller was a week ago, you probably do now after his 11-seed Dayton Flyers knocked off Ohio State and Syracuse to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face Stanford.

Archie Miller is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he played from 1998-2002. After graduation he was an assistant at Western Kentucky for one season before becoming an assistant at N.C. State from 2004 to 2006. Following his return to his alma mater, he followed mentor Herb Sendek Arizona State before becoming an assistant at Ohio State for another two seasons. From 2009-2011 he was the associate head coach at Arizona under his brother Sean Miller. In 2011 Archie became the head coach at Dayton, where he has compiled a 62-37 record (.626). At just 35 years of age, he has the potential to be one of the game's next great coaches.

Miller possesses one of the premier offensive minds in the country. His teams have been in the top 40 in adjusted offensive efficiency in each of his three seasons, including two times being in the top 26. His teams have been consistently strong on offense despite having a significantly different roster this year than he did just two seasons ago. On the defensive end, his teams have gotten better each season, going from 174th in adjusted defensive efficiency in 2011-2012 to 75th this season. Part of this can be attributed to this year's Dayton team being 40th in defensive rebounding percentage.

It's true that Archie Miller recently signed an extension with Dayton that lasts through the end of the 2018-2019 season, but it's important to note that Miller signed that extension in February before it was even known that his team was going to make the NCAA Tournament, let alone the Sweet Sixteen. Just last year Steve Alford signed an extension with New Mexico only to leave for UCLA one week later.

Archie has experience at major programs, has the reputation of a strong recruiter (signed two four stars and five three stars at Dayton), knows the ACC very well, knows the state of North Carolina, and has a great offensive mind. If Wake Forest does not land their top targets, then perhaps Ron Wellman should take a look at Archie. I assume Wellman is looking for an established head coach and Archie probably doesn't fit the bill given that he only has three years of experience, but his brother Sean had only five years of head coaching experience before taking over at Arizona and look at where they are now. Archie is going to be a great coach one day, unfortunately the timing just may not be right for him to be Wake Forest's next great coach.

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