PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Eighteen years after leading Blackhawk High School to consecutive state championships, Archie Miller is now making history with a clipboard.
The former star point guard – now the third-year head coach at Dayton – orchestrated the No. 11-seeded Flyers’ 55-53 upset victory over No. 3 Syracuse in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament.
Miller and Dayton advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1984.
“Just an unbelievable environment to be in,” Miller said after beating the Orange. “Really proud of our guys in terms of their approach. There’s very few guys on our team that have NCAA Tournament experience, and we’ve played a couple teams in the past couple days that I’d say is quite the opposite.”
The Flyers beat No. 6 seed Ohio State in a second round game.
Dayton now awaits the winner of this afternoon’s contest between Stanford and Kansas.
Miller was the catalyst of Blackhawk’s Class AAA state title teams in 1995 and 1996 while playing for his father, John, who won eight WPIAL titles and four PIAA crowns in his coaching career.
Archie’s brother, Sean, is the head coach at Arizona. The Wildcats will look to advance to the round of 16 when it faces Gonzaga on Sunday night.