Three Court Coaches, Including Oregon Tech's Danny Miles, Selected for USA Basketball
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (June 8, 2011) – Jerry Carrillo (Cochise County College, Ariz.), Billy Donovan (University of Florida) and Dan Miles (Oregon Tech), three successful college head coaches who have compiled a combined 1,646 victories in 70 seasons, were announced by USA Basketball today as court coaches for the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s U19 National Team Training Camp. The training camp will take place June 17-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Twenty-one players are expected to participate in the training camp, and finalists for the 12-member USA U19 World Championship Team will be announced on June 19. Training camp for the selected finalists will begin in the afternoon on June 19, with the official 12-member USA roster being announced prior to the teams’ departure for Europe on June 24. The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men is being held June 30-July 10 in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga Latvia.
New George Mason University head coach Paul Hewitt will take responsibility as head coach of the USA U19 World Championship Team. He will be assisted by Randy Bennett (St. Mary’s College) and Cliff Warren (Jacksonville University). The court coach selections were made the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is chair of the selection committee, and is joined by NCAA representatives Lorenzo Romar (head coach, University of Washington), Bruce Weber (head coach, University of Illinois) and Roy Williams (head coach, University of North Carolina); and by athlete representative Jay Williams, a member of the 2002 USA World Championship Team.
Involved with USA Basketball for the first time, Oregon Tech head coach Miles, whose 937 career wins ranks second in NCAA/NAIA men’s basketball history, has been with the Hustlin’ Owls for 40 seasons. “It is a great honor to be selected to work with such a talented group of athletes and coaches,” Miles said. “Representing our country makes it even more special.”
During his tenure, he has led his squads to two NAIA Division II national championships (2004 and 2008), and 16 NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances. In 2011, the 30-5 Hustlin’ Owls made an appearance in the NAIA Sweet 16 and extended their home win streak to 57 games covering three seasons. Over the past 15 years, with Miles at the helm, OIT has an overall record of 424-110 (.794 winning percent), with 13 trips to the NAIA Division II National Tournament. OIT holds the NAIA all-time tournament record for wins with 28.
Miles has had a decorated career with countless awards and honors, including being named the 2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Southern Oregon University, a 2001 induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame, a 1996 induction into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and having OIT’s home court named after him upon winning his 500th game. Miles is a two-time recipient of the NAIA National Basketball Coach of the Year award (2004 and 2008), and a 10-time Cascade Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year recipient.
Overall, Miles holds a 71.3 winning percentage (937-378), has made three appearances in the NAIA national title game, 13 district or conference titles and has been ranked in the NAIA top-20 on 28 occasions, including No. 1. He has also led the Hustlin’ Owls to 20-win seasons 30 times, 25-win seasons 21 times and has 10 seasons with 30 wins or more.
Prior to his coaching days, Miles was a standout three-sport athlete at Medford High School in Medford, Ore. He was named the school’s outstanding athlete in 1963. In college at Southern Oregon College of Education, now known as Southern Oregon University, Miles earned All-American honors in football, all-conference honors in basketball and was named to the all-district baseball team. As a player, Miles led the nation and set several school records as a quarterback for the Raiders.
In addition to coaching basketball at OIT, he has also served as an assistant coach for the football team and head coach for baseball and softball. His baseball teams finished in the top three in District II four times, and while at the helm of the softball team, he won six conference championships and one berth the College World Series. He has also coached high school legion baseball, winning three state championships, and has coached seven summer clinics in countries across the world, including France, Australia, Japan, Kenya and Rwanda.
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