On the day Gary Williams was honored by Maryland for his 22 seasons as head coach, attention turned toward the search for Williams’s replacement. Though Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson refused to talk about the coaching search at Friday’s public ceremony at Comcast Center, speculation in basketball circles focused on Arizona Coach Sean Miller.
According to individuals with connections either to the school or the coach, there is mutual interest between Maryland and Miller. Two of the individuals said they had been told by athletic department employees that Anderson was expected to travel following Williams’s ceremony to speak with Miller about the opening.
The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the situation.
Miller, 42, recently completed his second season at Arizona, leading the Wildcats to a 30-8 record and a spot in the NCAA tournament’s West Region final. Before Arizona, Miller was the head coach at Xavier for five seasons. He led the Musketeers of the Atlantic 10 to the NCAA tournament four times, reaching the West Region final in 2008 and the Sweet 16 in 2009. In seven seasons as a head coach, Miller has a 166-70 record.
Miller, who played college basketball at Pittsburgh and hails from Western Pennsylvania, has experience in the ACC, having been an assistant coach at North Carolina State from 1996 to 2001.