Valley basketball has produced legendary family names such
as Calabria, Davis, Jeter, and Sheffield. But the first
family of Beaver County basketball – and perhaps
Pennsylvania basketball – is, without a doubt, Miller.
Archie Miller has continued a legacy
started by his father,
legendary former coach of Blackhawk, and built upon by his
Sean, now the
head coach at the University of Arizona. Archie has expanded
that legacy, first as a player at Blackhawk and North
Carolina State, and now as the head coach at The University
of Dayton. Archie was a four-year starter at Blackhawk High
School and led the Cougars to a WPIAL title and back-to-back
PIAA State Championships. He was also named All-State.
Archie was a four-year letter winner at
North Carolina State (1998-2002). A point guard with an
excellent shooting touch, he is second at NC State in career
FT% (.846, 165-195) and career 3-pt FG% (.429, 218-509), and
is third in career threes (218). As a senior, he helped lead
the Wolfpack to the ACC championship game and was named to
the all-tournament team.
Archie began his coaching career at North
Carolina State, serving as a coaching intern under Herb
Sendek in 2002-03. Archie spent one season at Western
Kentucky as a full-time assistant, and then returned to NC
State, first as Director of Basketball Operations (2004-05),
and then as a full-time assistant coach (2005-06). Archie
coached with Thad Matta at Ohio State for two seasons and
then joined the staff at Arizona. As Associate Head Coach
under his brother, Archie helped the Wildcats to a 30-8
season in 2010-11 that ended with an Elite Eight berth.
But Archie burst into the national
spotlight in 2014, when he led The University of Dayton on a
magical run to the Elite Eight, Dayton's first Elite Eight
appearance in 30 seasons. Under Archie, Dayton made an NIT
appearance in each of Archie's first three years as the
Flyers' Head Coach.
As a coach, Archie has been part of
20-plus win seasons at NC State (2005-06), Ohio State
(2008-09), Arizona (2010-11), and Dayton (2013-14). Archie
and Sean Miller are one of just four Division I head
coaching brother combinations and are the first brothers to
coach different teams in both the Sweet 16 and the Elite
Eight in the same season (2014).
Archie earned his bachelor's degree in
Parks, Recreation and Tourism from NC State in 2002. He and
his wife Morgan have a 10-year-old daughter, Leah.