With Billy Donovan heading to the NBA, there was an opening at coach for the U19 world championship team and Arizona coach Sean Miller was named as the replacement on Thursday.
Miller is coming off a season in which his Wildcats finished 34-4 and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, while losing to Wisconsin in the Elite Eight.
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Miller was an assistant coach on last summer’s U18 national team, when the United States won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship. He also won a gold medal as a player on the 1991 World University Games team.
“I am honored to be named head coach of the USA Basketball men’s U19 world championship team,” Sean Miller said. “It is exciting to be coaching such a talented group of young players, as well as working alongside a great coaching staff. I look forward to the responsibility and challenges that lie ahead in our journey to win the gold medal at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship.”
Joining Miller’s staff will be his brother, Archie (coach at Dayton), as well as Providence coach Ed Cooley.
The games will take place in Greece from June 27 to July 5. The USA U19 team is coming off a gold medal win in 2013. Miller is 163-52 in six seasons as Arizona coach.