Miami Redhawk assistant joins Xavier

Men's basketball head coach Sean Miller hires James Whitford to fill coaching role at University | June 3, 2005

Men’s basketball head coach Sean Miller announced that James Whitford has joined his staff as an assistant coach. Whitford has spent the past 11 years working on staff at Miami University (Ohio), including the past seven years as the top assistant to head coach Charlie Coles. Whitford replaces Monte Mathis, who resigned this week.

“James is an outstanding coach,” Miller says. “He has learned from an excellent coach, Charlie Coles. He has all the qualities needed to complement our staff and strengthen our program.”

At Miami, Whitford coordinated recruiting efforts and assisted in all facets of team and player development, including practice planning, individual instruction and preseason conditioning. He was also involved in a variety of daily operations, such as game and scheduling, budgets and student-athlete class scheduling.

Whitford was a part of three NCAA Tournament appearances, two NIT appearances and four Mid-American Conference regular-season championships. Over his tenure, Miami recorded a 201-130 (.607) overall mark. The RedHawks were 19-11 overall for the 2004-05 season, while winning the Mid-American Conference Regular Season Championship with a 12-6 record and earning a berth in the NIT.

Before coming to Miami, Whitford was a student at the University of Wisconsin where he received a bachelor's degree in political science in 1994. The Madison, Wis., native served as a student manager for the Badger basketball team for three seasons, including head manager during the 1993-1994 campaign. During his junior year, Miller was an assistant coach for the Badgers.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to work at Xavier
University,” Whitford says.  “I have known Sean for a long time, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him.  Xavier has a rich tradition of success in college basketball, both on and off the court. I look forward to contributing to these great traditions."

This has been an exciting summer for the 33-year-old Whitford, who was married in May to Amber Stocks, an assistant women’s basketball coach at Xavier.