The University of Arizona has signed head men’s basketball coach Sean Miller to a one-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2019-2020 season.
Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star reported the agreement. Per Pascoe, the extension also gives Miller a salary increase of $100,000, so long as university Regents approve it next week.
#arizonawildcats Sean Miller's contract to be extended one year til 2019-20 with $100,000 salary increase, pending Regent approval next week
— Bruce Pascoe (@BrucePascoe) May 29, 2015
Not surprisingly, Miller is 100 percent deserving of this extension. In the 2014-15 season, he led the Wildcats to a 34-4 (16-2 Pac-12) record and a Pac-12 Championship, not to mention the team’s second consecutive Elite Eight.
In six years with the team, Miller is 163-52 (79-29 Pac-12) with three trips to the Elite Eight, three Pac-12 regular season championships and one conference championship. In a coaching career that also includes five years with Xavier, he owns a career record of 283-99 and has been to multiple NCAA tournaments.
Miller has truly been rewarded for his efforts, but next season could be an uphill battle. Key players in Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson are expected to be drafted into the NBA next month, and feisty point man T.J. McConnell has graduated.
Fortunately, with five-star recruit Alonzo Trier coming in next season as well as top talent in Ray Smith and Justin Simon, Miller will be in a fine position to get Arizona back to the Elite Eight and maybe beyond next season, and maybe earn himself another extension somewhere down the road.
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