Meet the new Bearcats basketball coach

The University of Cincinnati hired Wes Miller to replace John Brannen as head basketball coach for the Bearcats.

New trainer:Cincinnati Bearcats has hired Wes Miller to succeed John Brannen as their men’s basketball head coach

The former North Carolina Tar Heel has been the head coach at UNC Greensboro since the 2011-12 season.

December 28, 2015;  Chapel Hill, NC, USA;  NC Greensboro Spartans head coach Wes Miller points to the North Carolina Tar Heels from the sidelines in the first half at the Dean E. Smith Center.

Here are 5 Things You Should Know About New University of Cincinnati Basketball Coach Wes Miller:

Wes Miller has deep roots in North Carolina

Miller’s hometown is Charlotte, North Carolina, and he attended Charlotte Country Day School as a freshman and Mercersburg Academy a sophomore before graduating from New Hampton, New Hampshire High School.

After a basketball season with James Madison, he moved to UNC, where he ended his career.

His entire coaching career has been in North Carolina, starting as an assistant at Elon in 2008-2009 and as an assistant at High Point the next season, and finally as an assistant at UNC Greensboro for a season before taking the job as head coach.

Wes Miller won a national championship for the tar heels

Miller averaged 1.1 points in 24 games for the 2004-05 North Carolina squad that won the national championship. Five of the six field goals he scored this season were 3-point goals.

The next year he reached career highs in minutes per game (22.9) and points per game (7.2) while also winning the Carmichael Cobb Award for Defensive Player of the Year and the Foy Roberson Award for Best Player.

January 19, 2006;  Charlottesville, VA, USA;  North Carolina Tar Heels security guard Wes Miller, 22, is about to head to the basket when Virginia Cavaliers security guard JR Reynolds, 2 tries to hold him back during second-half action at University Hall.

Wes Miller’s only professional season was in the UK

After graduating from UNC, Miller played for the London Capitals of the British Basketball League.

He began his coaching career with Elon the next season.

Wes Miller is the most successful trainer in the history of UNC Greensboro

After taking over in the 2011-12 season, Miller won 185 games – the most in school history.

His teams won some or all three of the Southern Conference championships in the regular season and twice reached the NCAA tournament. They fell to the State of Florida in the last sixteen last season.

March 14, 2018;  Boise, ID, USA;  UNC Greensboro Spartans head coach Wes Miller on practice day prior to the first round of the 2018 NCAA tournament at the Taco Bell Arena.

The Road to Blue Sky: Wes Miller is a published author

After retiring with the Tar Heels, Miller wrote a book entitled “The Road to Blue Skies: An Inside Diary of the 2007 North Carolina Basketball Season”.

On Amazon.com the book is described as follows:

This is the story of his final year in his own words as he takes you into the locker room, on the court, and behind the scenes of the most unique book ever written about one of the most famous college sports dynasties of all time. Carolina basketball.

February 7, 2006;  Chapel Hill, NC, USA;  Roy Williams, North Carolina Tar Heels head coach, speaks to his starters (L to R) (3) Reyshawn Terry, (34) David Noel, (22) Wes Miller, (50) Tyler Hansbrough and (4) Bobby Frasor in the tar Heels 87-83 loss to the Duke Blue Devils at the Dean Smith Center.

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