Western Kentucky Announces Hiring of Archie Miller

WKU adds former NC State standout to men's basketball staff.

Bowling Green, Ky. - Former Wolfpack star Archie Miller was named assistant men's basketball coach at Western Kentucky University Friday, completing head coach Darrin Horn's first full-time staff.

Miller was an administrative assistant with the NC State program last year after a stellar career playing for the Wolfpack. NC State finished 18-13 last season, reaching the championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament as well as the NCAA Tournament. His responsibilities included assisting in both recruiting and scouting as well as coordinating the school's summer camps.

Miller has also coached the 17-and-under team for the Pittsburgh JOTS AAU club.

"This is the opportunity of a lifetime to come to such a prestigious university and work for one of the best young coaches in America," said Miller. "I'm excited to be a part of the basketball tradition at Western Kentucky."

A four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain at NC State, Miller ranks among the school's all-time leaders with 218 three-point field goals (second), an 84.6 free-throw percentage (second) and 42.8 three-point field-goal percentage (sixth). He is fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in career three-point field-goal percentage and 20th in all-time three-point field goals. Miller led the squad twice in assist-to-turnover ratio, ranking second in the ACC as a senior with a 2.35 ratio, paced the Wolfpack in free-throw shooting his final three seasons and was the team's top three-point shooter as a junior. NC State won 92 contests in his five years on campus (he received a medical redshirt in 1998-99 after playing in several games), reaching postseason play on four occasions.

"I think we have been able to grab one of the brightest young coaching talents in the country in Archie Miller," Horn said. "He comes from a strong bloodline of coaching. His natural abilities, combined with the fact that he played at a high level in the ACC, rounds out our staff."

"Although Wolfpack basketball will not be the same without Archie Miller, we are excited that he has the opportunity to begin his coaching career with a program like Western Kentucky," said NC State head coach Herb Sendek. "His enthusiasm and knowledge of the game of basketball will be missed at NC State, but those traits ensure that he will have a promising career ahead of him."

Miller averaged 9.9 points and 1.4 rebounds per contest as a senior, leading the team with 72 three-point field goals while standing second in both assists (97) and steals (44) as the Wolfpack finished 23-11 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He posted a 9.3 point-per-game average as a junior, shooting 57.8 percent from the field while hitting 42-of-73 (57.5%) three-point attempts. Miller had 55 assists and led the team with a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio as a sophomore when the Wolfpack advanced to the semifinals of the NIT, and he was second in the ACC his first year on the collegiate level after shooting 42.3 percent from three-point range.

"Archie Miller is truly like family. I have known him since he was born, and he was born to coach," Memphis head coach John Calipari said. "He is a coach's son and knows the game - he lives it and he loves it. Archie will not only make a great assistant coach, but he will be a great head coach someday."

Miller's father, John, is the current head coach at Blackhawk High School in Beaver Falls, Pa., where he has led the boy's basketball team to four state championships and a 548-211 (72.2%) record since 1976 - he has a career record of 621-269 (69.8%). His teams have also claimed 14 consecutive section championships and 111 section wins in a row, both records, as well as eight Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League championships. And, his brother Sean - an all-Big East guard at Pittsburgh - is currently the associate head coach at Xavier after stints as an assistant at North Carolina State (1996-01), Pitt (1995-96), Miami (Ohio) (1993-95) and Wisconsin (1992-93).

"Archie Miller is one of the up-and-coming young assistants in the country. He has been groomed to be a big-time coach since he could dribble, as he comes from one of the most successful basketball families on the East Coast," said Dave Telep, director of scouting for TheInsidersHoops.com. "To land a guy with Archie's instincts, recruiting knowledge and connections - in addition to his savvy and spunk - is a big-time addition to the WKU staff."

The Hilltoppers also participated in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, recording a 24-9 record with a 12-2 finish in the Sun Belt Conference. WKU has won three straight SBC East Division titles and three consecutive Sun Belt tournament championships, earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament field each of those years.

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