The Cincinnati men’s basketball program is set to venture into a new, rather unexpected era, with coach Wes Miller at the helm.

Bearcats athletic director John Cunningham officially announced the hire Wednesday evening, making Miller the 28th men’s basketball coach in Cincinnati program history. Miller’s six-year contract, reported at about $8 million, is pending approval by the university’s board of trustees.

“I am incredibly excited to welcome Wes into the Bearcats family,” Cunningham said in a statement. “He is an extremely dynamic coach and mentor who impressed me with his drive, focus and attention to detail. He’s a proven winner as a head coach and was able to rebuild a program and lead a remarkable turnaround at UNCG over the last decade. We cast a very wide net in this search, and Wes emerged as the right coach to lead the Bearcats into the future.”

Miller, 38, comes to Cincinnati after 10 seasons as the coach at UNC Greensboro, amassing a total record of 185-135, including five straight 20-plus-win seasons, four Southern Conference regular-season championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2018 and 2021.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be the head coach at the University of Cincinnati,” Miller said in the same statement. “I’m thankful for President (Neville) Pinto and John Cunningham for bringing me into the Bearcats family. I am honored to lead such a storied program and excited to get to work.”

Miller was the youngest head coach in Division I when he took over the Spartans, first on an interim basis in December 2011 after the resignation of Mike Dement, then officially in March 2012. Miller quickly turned around a floundering program, building the Spartans into perennial SoCon contenders during his decade in Greensboro.