Archie Miller at VCU. David Jablonski/Staff
As I wrote in today’s Dayton Daily News, everyone in Dayton seemed offended Archie Miller didn’t win the A-10 coach of the year award — except Miller himself.
This is not surprising. I’m sure deep down he wanted to win, but saying that publicly is a different thing. And Davidson’s Bob McKillop had a pretty good argument as his team won the regular-season title outright in its first season in the league and beat Dayton by 17 points.
Anyway Miller is one of 15 semifinalists for the Naismith coach of the year award, and just being on that list is an even bigger honor.
“You don’t coach these long seasons and get into this so you can be recognized as a coach,” Miller said. “The great thing we have going here is our team being recognized all year long for their hard work. A lot of our players really made jumps, improvement wise. That’s the stuff you look forward to as a coach.”
Many people on Twitter expressed their frustration for Miller yesterday. He would have been the second UD coach to ever win the award and the first since Oliver Purnell in 1998. He also would have joined his brother Sean, who won the honor while at Xavier in 2008, on the list.