Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Danny Miles begins his 43rd season at Oregon Tech when the 2013-14 Hustlin’ Owls take to the hardwoods in November. Miles has led his Hustlin’ Owls to three NAIA II National Championships, most recently in 2012, while also earning the title in both 2004 and 2008. Miles’ 2012 squad finished the year with 34 wins, the most in program history, and from 2009-2012 earned an unprecedented four-straight Cascade Collegiate Conference regular season championships, along with a four-straight Cascade Conference tournament crowns. The veteran coach has led Tech to 10 seasons of 30 or more wins, including three-of-the-last four seasons. From November 2009 to December 2011, Miles marched the Owls to a school-record 65-staight wins at home, the longest at the time in the nation at any level. In the last 17 seasons Miles has led his squads to an overall 474-129 (.787) record with 14 trips to the NAIA Division II National Tournament. Oregon Tech’s tournament record stands at 33-11, including 14-straight wins in first round games. OIT holds the record for most wins at the division II tournament (33), and is tied with Bethel, Ind. for most national championships (3). In his tenure at Oregon Tech Miles has guided 17 men’s basketball teams to the national tournament.
In addition to being named NAIA National Basketball Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2008, Miles was awarded the National Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year in 2012 and was named the national winner of NAIA’s Champion of Character award for all sports in 2009. Miles was also honored as A.T. Slats Gill All-Sports Coach of the Year (2004) and has been named Conference All-Sport Coach of the Year on four occasions. In 2013 Miles earned the DNA Award at the Oregon Sports Award show, while receiving the 2013 Guardians of the Game Pillar Award for Advocacy from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Other honors awarded to Miles include: Conference Coach of the Year (10 times), Northwest Coach of the Year (twice), West Coast Coach of the Year (once), and was a finalist for National Coach of the Year in 1974.
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Associate Head Coach
Mike Pisan begins his 14th season overall in the Oregon Tech program with Coach Miles. Pisan has been an assistant with Miles during Tech's three national championship seasons (2004, 2008 and 2012). His first season assisting Coach Miles was during the 1978-79 and 79-80 seasons when the Hustlin'Owls earned a trip to the NAIA National Championships in the 78-79 season. He also spent 11 years handling the game analysis on the Oregon Tech Radio broadcasts.
Pisan, who retired from the Klamath Falls City Schools after 30 years as a Teacher and Administrator, is a 1971 graduate of Southern Oregon University. Mike and his wife Marsha have three sons, Kevin, Scott and Jeff and are the proud grandparents of Blake, Ashley and Cade.
Paul Poetsch returns for the second-straight season, and third as an assistant for Head Coach Dan Miles and the Hustlin’ Owls, working with players on shooting techniques and other facets of the game.
Poetsch, recently retired in June 2011, was a school administrator in the Klamath Basin for the past 24 years, spending the last five as the personnel director for the Klamath County School District.
In his playing days Poetsch led the Oregon Community College ranks in scoring for two seasons before moving on to Western Oregon University. As a captain at WOU, Poetsch led the Wolves to a league championship in 1979-80 and a 2nd place finish in the district playoffs, earning 2nd team All-Evergreen Conference accolades.
Poetsch then began his coaching career, beginning at WOU with the junior varsity program in 1980-81. The following year Paul took the varsity boys job at Perrydale High School. In his three years with the Pirates he was named CASCO League Coach of the Year in 1983. In 1984 Poetsch moved to Klamath Falls and coached the Mazama High School girls team from 1985-88 where he was named the Southern Oregon Conference Coach of the Year in both 1987 and 1988.
Paul and his beautiful bride, Fritz, have been married for 28 memorable years and have three children – Garrett (26), Janae (25) and Kailee (20).