‘We want to kick Xavier’s behind:’ Wes Miller introduced as UC’s new coach

UC introduces Wes Miller as men's basketball coach

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Wes Miller is officially the new head men’s basketball coach for the University of Cincinnati.

The 38-year-old head coach set the tone on day one for what he expects of himself, the players, and the rivalry with “that other school.”

“When I walked in here for the first time, I thought about this place being full when we play that other school,” Miller said of the Crosstown Shootout. “We want to kick Xavier’s behind.”

Miller said Friday the Bearcats basketball program will be all about the players.

“This program will be about the players first,” Miller said. “We have a deep responsibility to help young people grow.”

During the press conference, Mike Saunders Jr. posted on Twitter that he is returning to UC.

Miller comes to UC by way of UNC Greensboro where he went 185-135 in 10 seasons. He helped the Spartans to two NCAA tournament appearances in the last three years, including a 2020 first-round loss as the 13 seed to Florida State.

According to UC, Miller was named the No. 1 Coach Under 40 by ESPN in 2020 and was also tabbed for The Athletic’s 40 Under 40 list the same year.

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