KINGSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Archie Miller has been named as the next men’s basketball coach for the University of Rhode Island, Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn announced Friday.
Miller signed a five-year contract with Rhode Island and is the 21st head coach in program history.
“I am thrilled to welcome Archie Miller and his family to the University of Rhode Island,” Bjorn said. “Archie has an incredible track record of success. He is very familiar with the Atlantic 10 and is a great recruiter.
Miller was the 2017 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year while at Dayton and took the Flyers to four NCAA Tournaments, including the Elite Eight in 2014.
Though more recently, Miller coached the Indiana Hoosiers where he did not have as much success. He was fired after four seasons with no NCAA Tournament appearances.
“My family and I are beyond excited for the opportunity to lead the men’s basketball program at the University of Rhode Island,” Miller posted in a statement on Twitter.
“URI is synonymous with success on the basketball. It hasn’t just been one coach, it has been several who have led this program into March Madness,” he continued. “Jim Harrick, Al Skinner, Tom Penders, and most recently Dan Hurley all had their runs. I want to credit David Cox as well. He was the head coach, but also a pivotal part of the last two teams that went and advanced in back-to-back NCAA tournaments.”
Miller is replacing Cox, who was fired last week after an unceremonious exit from the Atlantic 10 Tournament and the Rams’ second straight sub-.500 season.
“We will improve. We will be good again, and then we will be really good,” Miller wrote. “Honoring the process takes time, but we will be relentless in our quest to develop an identity that all of New England will be proud of.”
Miller has six 20-win campaigns in his 10 years as a head coach and was a 2015 finalist for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award.
He will be officially introduced during a press conference Monday at 10 a.m.