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Sean Miller to return to Xavier, reaches agreement to become new head coach

Miller is going back to where his head coaching career started.

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That didn’t take long.

After Xavier announced it was parting ways with coach Travis Steele on Wednesday, the Musketeers have now found his replacement: Sean Miller.

For Miller, it’s a return to where his head coaching career began. He previously served as the head coach of the Musketeers from 2004-09.

Xavier, who didn’t reach the NCAA Tournament during Steele’s four-year tenure, is hopeful Miller can take them back to the Big Dance.

Under Miller, Xavier had a NCAA Tournament berth in each of his last four seasons. It reached the Elite Eight in 2008, then a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2009.

He amassed a 120-47 record, then proceeded to go to Arizona, where he was the Wildcats’ head coach from 2009-21.

He racked up a 302-109 record at Arizona and seven NCAA Tournament appearances, which includes three Elite Eights, two Sweet Sixteens and five Pac-12 Conference championships.

Miller was fired from Arizona at the end of the 2020-21 season, and did not coach this season.