CINCINNATI – Wes Miller has been named the 28th University of Cincinnati men’s basketball head coach, Director of Athletics John Cunningham announced Wednesday.
Miller, who comes to UC after a decade as the head coach at UNC Greensboro, will be introduced to the media at a Friday morning press conference at 11 a.m. ET inside Fifth Third Arena. The press conference will air live on ESPN+ and will be streamed through the @GoBEARCATS social-media platforms.
His six-year contract is pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees.
Regarded as one of the top young coaches in college basketball, Miller built the Spartans into perennial championship and NCAA Tournament contenders, was named as ESPN.com’s No. 1 Coach Under 40 in May 2020 and also was tabbed for The Athletic’s 40 Under 40 list a year ago.
“I am incredibly excited to welcome Wes into the Bearcats family,” Cunningham said. “He is an extremely dynamic coach and mentor who impressed me with his drive, focus and attention to detail. He’s a proven winner as a head coach and was able to rebuild a program and lead a remarkable turnaround at UNCG over the last decade. We cast a very wide net in this search and Wes emerged as the right coach to lead the Bearcats into the future.”
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be the head coach at the University of Cincinnati,” Miller said. “I’m thankful for President Pinto and (AD) John Cunningham for bringing me into the Bearcats family. I am honored to lead such a storied program and excited to get to work. I also can’t thank UNCG enough because I wouldn’t be here without my players and athletic director Kim Record. This last decade coaching the Spartans has been extremely rewarding.”
Miller’s collegiate head coach and mentor Roy Williams had high praise for his former player.
“Wes Miller is one of the most outstanding young coaches in our game and what he did at UNC- Greensboro makes me believe he is THE most outstanding,” Williams said. “As a player at North Carolina he came closer to reaching his full potential than any player I’ve ever coached. His energy, his determination, his intelligence and his care for young people convinces me that he will continue at that level. I am so happy for him and the University of Cincinnati Basketball program and I look forward to being in the stands!”
• The Spartans all-time winningest head coach, Miller totaled 185 wins in 10 seasons with four Southern Conference Regular-Season Championships. Over the last five years, UNCG has five-straight 20-win seasons, two NCAA Tournament appearances, two NIT appearances, two Southern Conference Tournament Championships,125 wins and 70-20 record in conference play.
• UNCG won 21 games during the 2020-21 season along with the SoCon regular season and tournament championship and earned its second NCAA Tournament appearance in four years.
• The Spartans won 20 or more games in each of the last five seasons, including a program record 29 in 2018-19. Miller led UNCG to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2017-18 and 2020-21.
AS AN ASSISTANT COACH
• Miller, who also spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at UNCG, also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Elon and High Point. Miller also ran his own basketball camps in Charlotte and Greensboro for two summers.
• In three seasons as a player at North Carolina under Coach Williams, Miller helped the Tar Heels to the national championship in 2005, two Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championships and one ACC Tournament title.
• He was team captain as a senior in 2006-07, leading UNC to 31 wins and the NCAA Elite 8 as well as the ACC regular-season and tournament titles, and a final No. 3 national ranking.
• A fan favorite at UNC, Miller authored a book entitled The Road to Blue Heaven, which was published as a diary of his experiences as a North Carolina basketball player.
• In addition to his success on the floor, Miller excelled off the court, earning ACC Academic Honor Roll recognition and the UNC Athletic Director’s Scholar Athlete-Award. He earned his degree in political science from North Carolina in 2007.
• Upon his graduation from North Carolina, Miller played one season of professional basketball for the London Capitals of the British Basketball League, where he averaged 19.6 points per game to rank eighth in the league.
• Miller was a prep standout at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire. He earned a scholarship to James Madison University, where he played one season before transferring to North Carolina to become a walk-on for Coach Williams’ squad.