Sean Miller

Basketball ∙ Blackhawk









At a very young age, Sean Miller gave Johnny Carsonís Tonight Show audience a glimpse of what he could do with a basketball in his hands. At Blackhawk High School and the University of Pittsburgh, he showed what he could do on the basketball court. Today, Miller is showing the nation what he can do with a basketball program.

Quite frankly, Millerís contributions to the game of basketball have been enormous Ė and heís nowhere near being finished. Miller is known across the nation as a highly successful menís basketball coach - first at Xavier University and now as the new coach at the University of Arizona - but he made his mark on Beaver County long ago. Miller first gained notice as a dribbling phenom, performing in various venues around the country, including an appearance with Carson on the Tonight Show. Miller lived up to his reputation at Blackhawk High School, where he played for his father, John. Miller led Blackhawk to a pair of WPIAL title game appearances, winning the championship in 1986. As a senior at Blackhawk Miller led the WPIAL in scoring, averaging 27 points per game, and set a school record when he scored 51 points in a game. He was also named the WPIALís Most Valuable Player.

Miller took his talents to the University of Pittsburgh and made an immediate impact on the Panthers. He was named Big East Freshman of the Year in 1988, leading the Panthers to the Big East regular-season championship and an appearance in the NCAA tournament. He would lead Pitt to NCAA tournament appearances two more times, along with an NIT tournament selection. Miller started 124 of 128 games in college, including a Big East record 66 consecutive conference games. He graduated as The Big Eastís all-time leading free throw shooter, and as Pittís all-time leader in assists for a season and career. Following his senior season, Miller was selected to play for the United States in the World University games, winning a gold medal.

Following his graduation from Pitt, Miller entered the coaching ranks, culminating with being named head coach at Xavier in 2004. Miller came to Xavier after coaching stops at North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Miami (Ohio) and Wisconsin. Miller has now coached on 14 teams that have advanced to postseason play in his first 17 seasons as a coach. That mark now includes seven NCAA Tournaments in his first eight seasons on the coaching staff at Xavier. He has led Xavier to 20-or-more victories in a season for the last five years, including a school record 30 wins in the 2007-2008 season. In 2012, Sean was inducted with his father into the WPIAL Hall of Fame.

Millerís induction into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame extends a family tradition, as he joins his father, John (Class of 2002) and cousin Jodi Figley Renner (Class 2002). Miller and his wife, Amy, have three boys, Austin, Cameron and Braden.