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Report: Dayton to hire Arizona assistant Archie Miller as head coach

UPDATE: 9:23 p.m. Arizona sophomore forward Solomon Hill tweets: “Congrats to Archie Miller (head coach) now at Dayton. I really don’t want him to leave.” Other Wildcat players also tweeting about Miller’s departure.

Arizona assistant Archie Miller could be getting an early start to his head coaching career.
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Arizona Wildcats associate head coach Archie Miller will be the next head coach at Dayton, sources told FoxSports.com Jeff Goodman on Saturday night.

FlyerHoops.net is reporting it’s “nearly a done deal.”

Miller, the younger brother of Arizona head coach Sean Miller, is 32.

Dayton was 22-14 overall last season and 7-9 in the Atlantic 10. Head coach Brian Gregory left to become the head coach at Georgia Tech.

Archie Miller would be coaching in the same league in which Sean got his head coaching start at rival Xavier. The schools are about an hour apart.

Archie has been with Sean at Arizona for the past two seasons.

Archie played for Herb Sendek at North Carolina State, coached with him there and for one season at Arizona State. Archie then spent two seasons under Thad Matta at Ohio State before joining his brother in Tucson.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Javier Morales of TucsonCitizen.com wrote that programs would be wise to pursue Archie Miller while they had the chance.

Dayton is giving him that chance — at the same age ex-Arizona assistant Josh Pastner was when Memphis hired him a couple of years ago as head coach.

It likely won’t be long before Sean Miller’s other assistants — 39-year-old James Whitford and 38-year-old Book Richardson — become head coaches, too.

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