GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG men’s basketball head coach Wes Miller has been named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday. Miller was chosen by both the league’s head coaches voting and was named the Anton Foy Coach of the Year by the SoCon Sports Media Association.
Miller led the Spartans to their second-straight SoCon regular season title this season and their first outright overall SoCon title in program history this season. He guided the Spartans to a league-best 24 wins, posting a 24-7 overall record and a program-best 15-3 mark in SoCon play. The Spartans’ 24 wins rank 13th in the nation while the 77.4 winning percentage ranks 27th in the country.
Miller has led one of the top defensive teams in the country, a vital change in the team this year. The Spartans rank sixth in the nation in scoring defense at 63.3 points per game and 15th in total steals with 246. UNCG is also one of the top rebounding teams in the country, ranking 16th in the country with a +6.8 rebounding margin
Miller has guided the Spartans to 49 wins over the past two seasons, a program-record for wins in a two-year stretch. He owns a 49-17 record over the past two years, winning at 74.2 percent – a program-best mark over two years. He is now second all-time in program history with 109 victories, trailing Mike Dement by nine victories for the all-time UNCG mark.
This marks Miller’s second Anton Foy Coach of the Year honor as he won the award in 2012 during his interim season. He is the first UNCG coach in program-history to earn the league’s Coach of the Year honor from the coaches.
Miller leads the Spartans into the 2018 SoCon Tournament as the No. 1 seed for the second-straight season. The Spartans open the SoCon Tournament after a first round bye and will meet the winner of No. 8 The Citadel vs. No. 9 VMI in the quarterfinal round Saturday. Game time is set for a noon tip-off at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C.
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