Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Wes Miller is in his seventh season as the UNCG men's basketball coach in 2017-18 after taking over the reins of the program in December of 2011 on an interim basis. Miller has spent the last six years building a championship-mentality throughout the program and has laid the groundwork for future success.
Miller guided the Spartans back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001 during the 2017-18 season after winning the Southern Conference Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, Miller’s Spartans earned the No. 13 seed in the West Region and took on perennial mid-major power and eighth-ranked Gonzaga in Boise, Idaho. The Spartans fell 68-64, but proved they belonged in the big dance. UNCG went up 64-62 with 1:49 remaining after Jordy Kuiper tipped in a missed jumper to take UNCG’s fifth lead of the game. The upset bid fell short as Gonzaga hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 23 seconds remaining to advance with a 68-64 victory.
Miller’s squad earned its second-consecutive No. 1 seed in the Southern Conference Tournament in Asheville. The Spartans tied and eventually set a new program record with 27 wins on the season en route to earning its second SoCon Tournament Championship. The Spartans played three games in the SoCon Tournament, defeating The Citadel, Wofford and ETSU. The Spartans cruised past The Citadel in the first round, 72-58, before playing a dramatic semi-final against Wofford. UNCG hit a last second 3-pointer to edge Wofford 56-55 and clinch a spot in the SoCon championship game for the second-straight season. The Spartans defeated ETSU, 62-47 to punch their ticket to the big dance for the first time in 17 seasons. It marks the third-consecutive postseason appearance for the Spartans who have now reached the postseason six times in the 51-year history.
The 27 wins set a new program record for wins in a season, besting the previous mark of 25 set the season before. UNCG went 15-3 during the SoCon’s regular season, earning back-to-back SoCon Regular Season Championships for the first time in program history.
The Spartans finished the 2017-18 regular season with a perfect 9-0 home mark in SoCon play, and 16-1 at home for the season. It’s the first time in program history that the Spartans earned a perfect home record in SoCon play. The 16 wins and the .941 winning percentage in the Gate City are the highest in a season in the Division I era.
Miller earned the SoCon’s Coach of the Year award for the second time in his coaching career for his team’s performance during the 2017-18 season. Along with Miller, four Spartans earned All-SoCon honors. Junior guard Francis Alonso earned First Team All-SoCon for the first time in his career, his third All-SoCon honor. Sophomore center James Dickey became UNCG’s first-ever SoCon Defensive Player of the Year, also earning Second Team All-SoCon honors. Senior Marvin Smith was named Third Team All-SoCon with freshman guard Isaiah Miller named to the five-member SoCon All-Freshman Team.
Miller’s program turned the corner during the 2016-17 season with one of the most successful seasons in program history. He led the Spartans to the program’s third Southern Conference regular season title and first-ever No. 1 seed in the SoCon Tournament. He guided UNCG to a program-record 25-10 overall record and a 14-4 mark in SoCon play.
The 25 wins are the most for UNCG in the 50-year history of men's basketball while the 14 wins are the most for the Spartans in their SoCon history and ties the program record for conference wins in a season. UNCG advanced to the SoCon Tournament Championship game for the third time in program history and the first time since 2005. The Spartans and ETSU played one of the best championship games in program history with UNCG falling in the final seconds.
Miller led the Spartans to their second-straight postseason appearance and just the fifth appearance in program history as UNCG earned the SoCon's automatic bid into the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Spartans made their second appearance all-time in the NIT and first since 2002 when they traveled to Atlantic Coast Conference foe Syracuse.
The 2016-17 Spartans set a program-record with a nine-game winning streak, the longest winning streak for UNCG at the NCAA Division I level. Additionally, the Spartans became the first UNCG team to post three winning streaks of at least six or more games. UNCG posted a 7-2 record on the road in SoCon play, marking the best record of any team on the road in league play that season and setting a new UNCG record for road wins in league play at the NCAA Division I level.
Miller also led the Spartans to individual success in 2016-17 with senior guard Diante Baldwin and sophomore guard Francis Alonso earning Second Team All-SoCon honors while senior center R.J. White was named Third Team All-SoCon. Alonso set a UNCG single-season record with 102 made 3-pointes while freshman forward James Dickey was named to the league's All-Freshman Team.
In 2015-16, he led the Spartans to a 15-19 overall record – their highest win total since the 2007-08 season. He guided UNCG to just its fourth postseason appearance in program history as the Spartans took part in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), advancing to the quarterfinals. UNCG picked up its first-ever postseason win in program history with a 69-65 win over Houston Baptist at home at the Greensboro Coliseum
The Spartans finished the regular season with a 10-8 record in SoCon play, matching their win total in the league from 2011-12. UNCG was especially strong at home posting a 12-4 record, the highest win total since moving to the Greensboro Coliseum and the top mark for home wins since the 2000-01 season (12-6).
Junior center R.J. White and classmate Diante Baldwin were named to the All-SoCon Team last season. White led the conference and ranked 13th in NCAA Division I in field goal percentage at 61.6 percent while Baldwin was the only player in the league to rank in the top 20 in scoring and rebounding while ranking in the top five in assists and steals. Freshman Francis Alonso also burst onto the scene in 2015-16, setting the UNCG single-season scoring record for a freshman with 443 points on his way to All-Freshman Team accolades.
In 2014-15, the Spartans were hit hard by injuries from the outset of the year and played late in the year with just six available scholarship student-athletes. Despite the disadvantage, UNCG was still the only team in the SoCon with five different players averaging double figures in scoring, with four out of the five players set to return next year.
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