Sean Miller To Replace Billy Donovan As Head Coach Of 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team
After assisting the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team to a dominating run through the FIBA Americas U18 Championship en route to a 5-0 record and the gold medal, USA Basketball today announced Sean Miller (University of Arizona) has been selected head coach of the 2015 USA Men’s U19 World Championship Team. Miller replaced previously announced USA U19 head coach Billy Donovan, who withdrew after recently accepting the head coach position with the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder. Providence College head mentor Ed Cooley again will serve as an assistant coach, and USA Basketball also announced that Archie Miller (University of Dayton) would join the U19 coaching staff as an assistant coach.
The defending U19 gold medalists, the USA will attempt to replicate that feat at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship that will be held June 27-July 5 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
Sean Miller and Cooley were on the U.S. sideline as assistant coaches at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, where the USA qualified for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, while Archie Miller is undertaking his first USA Basketball coaching experience.“The appointments of Sean Miller, Ed Cooley and Archie Miller to lead the USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team gives that group of players three of the most successful teachers in college basketball,” said Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University’s Hall of Fame head coach and chair of the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee. “All three coaches have taken their respective programs to an elite level, and now they will combine their talents to have the U19 group prepared for a gold-medal run.”
In 11 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Sean Miller has compiled a 283-99 career record for an impressive .741 winning percentage. In six seasons as the helm of the Arizona program, he has posted a record of 163-52 for a sterling .758 winning percentage, while recording a mark of 79-29 in Pacific-12 Conference play.
In 2014-15, Arizona finished 34-4, winning the second-most games in program history, and captured Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles en route to a second-straight NCAA Elite Eight appearance – a feat accomplished only once before in program history.
Prior to Arizona, he spent five seasons at Xavier University (2004-05 to 2008-09), leading the Musketeers to a 120-47 record (.719), which included four consecutive 20-win seasons and four trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Sean Miller also participated in USA Basketball as a player, and as a member of the 1991 USA World University Games Team, he brought home gold after averaging 5.3 points and 2.5 assists per game for the USA.
“I am honored to be named head coach of the USA 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.
“Ed Cooley and I were assistants together under Billy Donovan on the U18 National Team that won gold last year in Colorado Springs. We were familiarized with the international game, and we both enjoyed being part of a style of play that Billy brought to last year’s team. We look forward to continuing that style this summer.
“Additionally, rejoining my brother Archie as part of this staff is special,” Sean Miller added. “We worked together for two seasons at the University of Arizona before he left to become the head coach at Dayton. Obviously, we have great familiarity with each other and share a similar philosophy with the game. The familiarity that Archie, Ed and I share should be an asset toward our success with the USA Men’s U19 World Championship Team.”
Cooley previously was announced on Jan. 13, 2015, as a 2015 USA U19 assistant coach. Having recently completed his ninth season (2006-07 to present) as a collegiate head coach, he has compiled a career head coaching record of 171-125 (.578 winning percentage). In four seasons (2011-12 to present) at the helm of the Friars, Cooley owns a mark of 79-56.
In 2014-15, he led Providence to a 22-12 record and a second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, where Cooley and his team fell to fellow USA U19 assistant coach Archie Miller and the University of Dayton. Cooley led the Friars in 2013-14 to a 23-12 record, a Big East Tournament title and the NCAA Tournament.
Archie Miller recently completed his fourth season (2011-12 to present) as the men’s basketball coach at Dayton, where he has compiled a 90-47 (.657) overall record.
Leading Dayton to a 26-11 record and the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in 2013-14, he led his team this past season to a 27-9 mark and the 2015 NCAA Tournament third round. He was one of 16 finalists for the 2015 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award.
Additionally, in seven seasons as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky, North Carolina State, Arizona State, Ohio State and Arizona, he owns a record of 137-92 (.598).
“It's an honor to have this opportunity,” said Archie Miller. “First and foremost, representing our country is a humbling feeling. USA Basketball is an incredible organization, and to be a part of it with so many great people will only make me better as a coach and person. I'm really excited to work with Ed Cooley. What he's done at Providence is amazing.”
“Sean and I have really had only one opportunity to work together, and that was at the very beginning at Arizona. I looked at those two years as being the most impactful in my development. This summer will give me more time to develop under him, and it will be an important relationship as we try and represent our country and win gold.”
Training camp for the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team will be held June 12-26 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 19 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1996).
In addition to Boeheim, the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, which is responsible for selecting the USA U19 coaches, includes: NCAA appointees Bob McKillop (Davidson), Matt Painter (Purdue) and Lorenzo Romar (Washington); and athlete representative Curtis Sumpter, who won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2004 FIBA Americas U20 Championship and a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games.
2015 FIBA U19 World Championship
The USA has captured a record five FIBA U19 World Championship gold medals and three silver medals in the 11 editions of the event, which was first held in 1979. Played every four years through 2007, the U19s now are held every other year, and the USA men own an all-time win-loss record of 78-13 at the event.
As defending U19 champions, the USA has an opportunity to win consecutive FIBA U19 World Championships for just the second time since the competition began in 1979. The United States captured back-to-back gold in 1979 and 1983, and since then, Yugoslavia (1987), Greece (1995), Spain (1999), Australia (2003), Serbia (2007) and Lithuania (2011) have won a single gold medal, with the USA also earning gold in 1991, 2009 and 2013.
For the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, the USA has drawn preliminary round Group A and will play Iran on June 27, Croatia on June 28 and Egypt on June 30. Playing in preliminary round Group B will be Argentina, China, Spain and Turkey; Group C features Australia, Canada, Italy and Tunisia; and Group D includes Dominican Republic, Greece, Serbia and South Korea.
All 16 teams advance to the round of 16 that will be played on July 1. The winners advance to the medal-round quarterfinals on July 3, while the round of 16 losers will compete out for 9th-16th places. The semfinals are on July 4, and the finals are on July 5.
Members of past USA U19 teams have included standouts such as: Stacey Augmon (1987); Vin Baker (1991); Vince Carter (1995); Nick Collison (1999); Stephen Curry (2007); Eric Floyd (1979); Aaron Gordon (2013 MVP); Tim Hardaway Jr. (2011); Montrezl Harrell (2013); Gordon Hayward (2009); Larry Johnson (1987); Jeremy Lamb (2011); Stephon Marbury (1995); Doug McDermott (2011); Jahlil Okafor (2013); Gary Payton (1987); Sam Perkins (1979); J.J. Redick (2003); Marcus Smart (2013); Klay Thompson (2009); Scott Skiles (1983); Deron Williams (2003); Justise Winslow (2013); and James Worthy (1979).
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Basketball, chaired by Jerry Colangelo, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.
USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2012-14 compiled a spectacular 122-4 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the World University Games and the Nike Hoop Summit, and posted a 65-8 win-loss record in official FIBA and FIBA Americas 3x3 competitions.
USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s FIBA World Cup and women’s FIBA World Championship; men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s World Championship; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s U18 World Championship; and the women’s Youth Olympic Games. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.