Assistant Miller to replace Matta

Updated: July 13, 2004, 1:25 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Sean Miller was promoted to head coach at Xavier on Thursday, replacing Thad Matta.

Miller, Matta's top assistant at Xavier since 2001, has been an assistant coach for 12 years at five schools. The 35-year-old Miller replaces Matta, who left Wednesday to coach Ohio State.

"I have a great love for this university and what it stands for," Miller said. "I have enjoyed being a part of our recent success and I am excited about the potential for our future."

University president Rev. Michael Graham announced the promotion.

"He clearly possesses the personal style and skill to continue our success as one of the premier basketball programs in the nation -- on the court and in the classroom," Graham said.

The introduction of Miller was far from a surprise. Athletic director Dawn Rogers all but said Miller was the new Musketeers coach at a news conference Wednesday night that was called to announce Matta's sudden departure.

Miller, 35, was an integral part of the staff that led the Musketeers to within a game of the Final Four in March. In all three of his seasons at Xavier, Miller's title has been associate head coach -- a first for the school.

"Sean was our first choice from the start," Rogers said. "We were very fortunate to have a national-caliber coach available who also has a clear understanding of the program and who supports the mission of our university."

Before arriving at Xavier, Miller spent five years at North Carolina State under Herb Sendek. He also was an assistant at Pittsburgh, Miami (Ohio) and Wisconsin.

Miller was a point guard at Pittsburgh, where he was the Big East Conference's freshman of the year in 1988 and an all-conference player his senior season.

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