The University of Arizona

Sean Miller Wins 'Shots From the Heart' Contest

By La Monica Everett-Haynes, University Communications | June 5, 2012

Wildcat mentor tops the field with a nearly flawless final-round effort.

Sean Miller won the 2012
Sean Miller won the 2012 "Shots From the Heart" free throw shooting contest, connecting on 97 percent of his attempts through the six rounds. (Photo credit: Patti Ota)

University of Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller won the "Shots From the Heart" free throw contest with a decisive final-round effort.

In the head coaches' tournament final, Miller made 24 of 25 free throws late last month, scoring a total of 55 points to defeat Ray McCallum of Detroit, who made 21 of 25 attempts and scored 43 points.

Through the six rounds of the event, Miller connected on 145-of-150 free throws (.967) and scored 327 of a possible 336 points.

Miller claims the 2012 Shots From the Heart championship a year after finishing as the runner-up in the inaugural event. He is the only coach in the event's two-year history to advance to the Final Four in each season. Cumulatively, Miller has made 94.7 percent (284-of-300) of his shots in the event over the last two years.

"I'm very honored and also proud to have won the Shots From the Heart contest in 2012," Miller said. "Like I've said before, anything that benefits Skip Prosser and his legacy is something we want to be a part of."

Miller advanced to the final round by defeating Travis Ford of Oklahoma State. Both Miller and Ford sank 24 of 25 free throws in April, scoring a total of 55 points. Miller prevailed on the first tie-breaker, the most consecutive shots converted without a miss at any time during the 25 free throw attempts. He made his last 18 shots consecutively, four more than Ford.

"Shots from the Heart" is a season-long free throw contest that features 64 participating head coaches bracketed in a tournament-style format.

Beginning in November and continuing through February, coaches shoot 25 free throws on their campuses while a departmental staff member keeps track, later reporting the results. The coach with the most points scored in each match-up would advance to the next round.

The event is administered by in conjunction with the American Heart Association and the Skip Prosser Foundation.