Xavier Basketball Staff Update

New Xavier head coach Sean Miller has added Adam Cohen as the associate head coach, David Miller as an assistant coach, and Ryan Reynolds as the Director of Basketball Operations. Bio’s for each from Xavier’s website are below:

Adam Cohen

Xavier University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Sean Miller announced the hiring of Adam Cohen as the Crawford Family Associate Head Coach. Cohen, who is entering his 11th year as a collegiate assistant, spent the past six seasons at Stanford. After serving as an assistant coach for the Cardinal his first two seasons, Cohen was elevated to associate head coach prior to the 2018-19 season.

Cohen owns more than a decade of experience in college. Prior to Stanford, Cohen served as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt (2014-16), Harvard (2013-14) and Rice (2012-13).

Adam Cohen has earned a reputation as one of college basketball’s brightest assistant coaches,” said Miller. “I saw his ability first-hand as a competitor in the Pac 12 Conference while he was at Stanford. His tireless work ethic, recruiting ability and knowledge of the game combine to make him an excellent Associate Head Coach for the Xavier program. I am thrilled to have Adam and his family as a part of our future here at XU.”

The NABC named Cohen to its prestigious 30-under-30 Team, recognizing the nation’s top assistant coaches, at the 2016 Final Four in Houston. Cohen was invited to take part in the 2022 NCAA Champion Forum for Men’s Basketball at the NCAA National Office in Indianapolis, Ind., in May. He was also invited to the prestigious Athletic Director U’s Collegiate Coaching Consortium at the 2018 Final Four in San Antonio.

Regarded as an excellent recruiter, Cohen has also earned a reputation as a talented teacher with a knack for developing talent and there are plenty of great examples of that skill. Ziaire Williams was the 10th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft to the Memphis Grizzlies, KZ Okpala was drafted by the Miami Heat in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft, and Tyrell Terry went to the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 2020 Draft. Cohen, who led the recruiting efforts for the Cardinal program, was instrumental in landing multiple top 20 recruiting classes, including back-to-back McDonald’s All-Americans for the first time in Stanford history.

Stanford finished 20-12 overall in 2019-20, and was in contention for an NCAA Tournament berth before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the season. Cohen has played an important role for a Stanford team that won 19 contests overall, finished third in the Pac-12 and won 11 conference games – its highest finish and most conference wins in 10 seasons – in 2018. The Cardinal earned a postseason berth for the first time in three years.

Cohen has a proven track record in developing point guards. Under Cohen’s tutelage, Max Guercy became the all-time assist leader at Rice, Siyani Chambers developed into a First Team All-Ivy League selection at Harvard, Wade Baldwin IV was an NBA first-round draft pick from Vanderbilt and Daejon Davis set the program’s freshman assist record and was an Pac-12 All-Freshman Team selection at Stanford. Along with Baldwin (Blazers), Cohen’s roster of current NBA players he has helped develop also includes Luke Kornet (Knicks) and Damian Jones (Warriors). 

Cohen arrived at Stanford prior to the 2016-17 season, after serving as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt for two seasons. He helped guide the Commodores to 40 combined victories and postseason berths in his two years in Nashville. Vanderbilt won 19 games and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2015-16.
Prior to Vanderbilt, Cohen was an assistant coach at Harvard. During the 2013-14 campaign with the Crimson, he helped guide the program to its fourth straight Ivy League title, an NCAA Tournament appearance, and program records for overall victories (27) and conference wins (13). Cohen broke into coaching during the 2012-13 season, serving as an assistant coach at Rice.

Cohen, who has had national success working in the SEC, Pac-12, Ivy League and Conference USA, is attacking the new challenge of the BIG EAST. A 2008 graduate of Arizona with a degree in political science, Cohen served as a student manager and assistant video coordinator under Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson. After a year as a graduate assistant at New Orleans, Cohen joined the staff at USC as the Trojans’ video coordinator. He was elevated to Director of Operations after just one year. Cohen spent three seasons at USC (2010-12) prior to joining the coaching staff at Rice. 

Cohen, who serves on the Board of Directors for Rising Coaches Elite, was appointed to the Coaching for Literacy Coaches Council in 2017. He has overseen several elite camps, including the 2007 Nike Basketball clinic in Chengdu, China.

Cohen, a native of Buffalo, New York, and his wife, Danielle, have a son, Leo, who was born in 2020.

David Miller

Xavier University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Sean Miller announced the hiring of David Miller as an Assistant Coach. He spent seven years under XU’s current head coach when he was at Arizona. 

David Miller has a tremendous ability to connect with people,” said Sean Miller. “The players that he coaches believe in him. He also has strong relationships across the world that allow him to be one of the brightest, young recruiters in College Basketball. David served multiple roles on our staff at Arizona and is familiar with our systems both on and off the court. These experiences will be invaluable to our staff here at Xavier as we begin to establish our Program.”

Miller comes to Xavier from San Jose State University, where he headed up the recruiting efforts and served as an assistant coach during the 2021-22 season under Tim Miles. Miller, who spent the previous two years from 2019-21 as the Arizona Director of On-Campus Recruiting and Basketball Analytics under Sean Miller, was primarily responsible for overseeing all Wildcat video operations, assisting with organization of official and unofficial visits and managing the analytics and data needs of the program. He also played a key role in the signing of the 2020-21 recruiting class that included All-American and Pac-12 Player of the Year Bennedict Mathurin, Kerr Kriisa and Azuolas Tubelis.

Miller had two stints with the Wildcats that totaled seven seasons beginning in 2010 under Sean Miller as a student manager, a role he held for three years before serving for two more years as a graduate manager. He then spent two season with the Alabama Crimson Tide, 2015-17, first as the program’s assistant video coordinator and then as the director of player development.

After two years at Alabama, Miller made his way back to California and spent two seasons on staff at UC-Santa Barbara where he served as the program’s Director of Basketball Operations in 2017-18 and 2018-19. The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native then made his return to Arizona for two seasons, 2019-21, before landing the assistant role at San Jose State.

During Miller’s time on-staff at Arizona, the Wildcats reached three Pac-12 Championships and made four NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the Elite Eight and one to the Sweet Sixteen.

Miller’s playing career lasted two seasons at El Camino College before transferring to Arizona to become a manager. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in education, both from Arizona.

Miller, who was born in Phoenix, Ariz., embraces Manhattan Beach, Calif., as his hometown.

Miller’s father, Dave, is a former assistant coach of the New Orleans Hornets. He spent over 20 years in college as well at a number of spots, including USC, Arizona State and Texas.

Ryan Reynolds

Xavier University men’s basketball head coach Sean Miller announced the return of a familiar face to the Xavier basketball program as the Director of Basketball Operations. Ryan Reynolds, who earned both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Xavier University, spent five years working under both  Miller and Thad Matta at Xavier from 2003-08. The first four of those seasons were as an undergraduate student manager and the last was as a Graduate Program Assistant.

Ryan Reynolds and I have worked together for 16 of my 17 years as a head coach,” said Miller. “Ryan is one of the brightest people in the college basketball industry. His unique ability to impact a program off the court in so many ways is rare. Ryan is also the son of well-respected former Madeira High School head coach Jim Reynolds. His roots and love for Xavier and Southwest Ohio are unmatched. I am excited to have Ryan reunite with his alma mater as part of our new staff.”

Reynolds was part of four NCAA Tournament teams during his tenure at Xavier, including XU’s Elite Eight squads in 2004 and 2008. The Musketeers won the Atlantic-10 regular season or tournament title four times in that span.

Reynolds comes back to Xavier from the University of Arizona where he spent the 2021-22 school year as the Assistant Athletic Director for Administration and Operations. Originally hired as an administrative assistant for men’s basketball for the 2009-10 season, he was promoted to the Director of Basketball Operations in May 2010. He was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Men’s Basketball Operations in July 2019. 

During his tenure with the men’s basketball program in Tucson, Reynolds controlled the program’s internal operations. He oversaw major renovations to McKale Center, the weight room addition to Richard Jefferson Gymnasium, the 2010 men’s basketball locker room renovation and the McKale Center hallway project. Reynolds was also responsible for scheduling the Wildcats’ non-conference games, served as the program’s compliance liaison, director of the Sean Miller Basketball Camp, liaison to CATS Academics, budget manager and team travel coordinator.

Reynolds was a part of seven NCAA Tournament teams at Arizona, with UA advancing to the Sweet 16 five times and Elite Eight three times. The program has also captured five Pac-12 regular-season titles and three Pac-12 Tournament crowns during his time at UA.

Reynolds joined Arizona after spending the 2008-09 season as a member of the Wake Forest men’s basketball staff, where he was the Demon Deacons’ assistant coordinator of basketball operations under then head coach Dino Gaudio. In his lone season in Winston-Salem, Wake Forest opened the season 16-0, earning the nation’s No. 1 ranking, before finishing the year with a 24-7 record and earning an NCAA Tournament berth..

The Cincinnati native graduated from Xavier University in 2007 with a bachelor’s in sports management and a business minor. He earned a Master of Education in sport administration from Xavier in 2008.

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