The Carolina Family extends well beyond the local limits of Chapel Hill. Former North Carolina security guard and current Cincinnati head coach Wes Miller has hired former UNC assistant coach CB McGrath as a special assistant for the 2021-2022 season. The Athletic first reported the hiring on Tuesday.
Miller played at the UNC from 2004 to 2007 and won a national championship in 2005. McGrath played for Roy Williams at the University of Kansas and appeared in 112 games, serving as captain for the 1997-98 season and receiving a pair of Academic All-Big 12 awards. After his college career ended, McGrath was quickly hired by Coach Williams as an administrative assistant. McGrath moved to Chapel Hill with Williams in 2003 when Williams was hired by his alma mater.
McGrath trained alongside his mentor for 15 years and was a member of the UNC team while Miller was with Carolina.
After the 2017 National Championship in North Carolina. McGrath left UNC to take his first job as head coach at UNC-Wilmington. McGrath set a 26-58 record with the Seahawks and was relieved of his duties during the 2019-2020 season.
Now the former Tar Heel player and former Tar Heel assistant coach are joining forces in the American Athletic Conference. The staff and the system have a very Carolina feel.
CB McGrath at UNC.
As the head coach of the Spartans, Miller was one of the most successful coaches in DI basketball. In its 10 years 2011-2021, UNCG reached 185-135 (0.578), including 125-43 (0.744) with two Southern Conference championships and two trips to the NCAA tournament.
“Wes Miller is one of the most outstanding young coaches in our game and what he’s done at UNC Greensboro makes me believe he’s THE most outstanding,” said Williams when Miller was hired by UC. “As a player in North Carolina, he came closer to his full potential than any other player I have ever coached. His energy, determination, intelligence and care for young people convince me that he will continue at this level.” I’m so excited for him and the University of Cincinnati basketball program, and look forward to being in the stands! “
Wes Miller is entering his first season as head coach at Cincinnati
When the Hall of Fame basketball coach retired on April 1, Miller and McGrath attended the Williams retirement press conference.
“I always knew he was the right man,” said McGrath when his head coach retired. “He was so successful and everyone who has ever played for him has loved playing for him. I haven’t been there for the last few years but he said it was really tough, obviously with the extenuating circumstances of COVID and all that. ”Things haven’t made things any easier. I just want him to be happy and satisfied with his job. I know he will be, but he’s tough on himself and you could see that at the press conference. “
The hiring of McGrath gives Miller eight support positions in addition to his three bank coaches and strength and conditioning staff. Miller takes on a Bearcats team that has been successful in recent years and is doing the NCAA tournament for the ninth consecutive year from 2011 to 2019.