Oregon Institute of Technology

Baseball Coaches

Matthew Miles

Matthew Miles, Head Baseball Coach

Matt Miles enters the 2017 season, his tenth year as head coach of the Oregon Tech baseball team, as the winningest baseball coach in the school’s 55 year history of participation in the sport.  During his tenure, the Owls’ baseball program won its first ever Cascade Conference Championship (2009) and recorded the school’s highest finish in the Regional Playoffs with a second place finish in 2010. His 2009 team set school records with 33 total wins and 24 conference wins. Miles’ squads won back to back Southern Division titles in 2009 and 2010, those clubs set school marks in most offensive categories including base hits, runs scored, home runs, RBI and stolen bases. His 2013 club added school records in doubles and tied the 2010 mark for base hits.

Overall, his teams have set 17 team records since 2008 during that same time his players’ have put their names on top of 17 different single season record categories. Eighteen of his players have been awarded All-Conference / West Region selections with an additional 11 being recognized as the Gold Glove selection at their position. Miles has had the privilege of coaching 44 Academic All-Conference student athletes including 11 NAIA National Academic Honorees. His 2016 team had the 8th best GPA (3.30) in the nation of the 184 colleges competing in baseball at the NAIA level.

Miles was raised in Klamath Falls and attended Klamath Union high school where he played football and baseball. He was named MVP, Most Inspirational and team captain of both sports during his senior year. As a three year starter on the football team, he earned 1st team All-Conference awards at both wide receiver and defensive back in football in both his junior and senior years. At the time, setting Klamath Union seasonal records for receptions and receiving touchdowns. Following his senior season he was selected to play in the North-South Oregon Shrine game where he was a starting cornerback on the South All-Stars.

As a 4 year letter winner in baseball, he was able to continue on to the post-season in all of them including two South Oregon Conference championships. As a senior he set a Klamath Union High School record for stolen bases with 25 and earned 1st team All-State Accolades in 1988. He was a member of the 1987 Klamath Falls Falcon American legion state championship team.

Miles started his collegiate career as a starting outfielder for St. Mary’s College of California, a NCAA division 1 program. He later transferred to Oregon Tech where he was a two sport athlete, starting on the football team as a free safety and as a centerfielder on the Owls’ baseball team. He was selected as a 1st team All-Conference outfielder for the Owls in 1991.

Matt and his wife Beverley have been married 28 years and are proud parents of Braxton (23), Maddy (20), and Bryce (17).

 

 

Phillip Ouellette

Phillip Ouellette, Assistant Baseball Coach

Phil Ouellette starts his eighth year as an assistant for the Owls. Prior to Oregon Tech, Ouellette was an assistant coach at North Medford High School in 2006 and assisted at Klamath Union High School in 2007.

As a player, Ouellette excelled in both football and baseball at North Medford High School where he helped lead his teams to state championship appearances in both sports. The 2001 graduate was a two time all conference and all state selection in baseball as an outfielder and gathered all conference and all state honors in football as a running back his senior year. Ouellette was also a state-metro all-star selection and was chosen as the offensive MVP of the annual Oregon vs. Washington all-star series his senior year. Ouellette was a three year starter for the Medford Mustangs American Legion program, where he still currently holds the record for career triples. As a college player, Ouellette helped lead the 2004 Lane Titans to a NWAACC championship, receiving all southern region honors in the process. He finished his playing days at Oregon Tech in 2007, where he led the Owls in runs, triples, and walks.

Nick Gauna

Nick Gauna, Pitching Coach

Nick Gauna begins his first season for the Owls as the new pitching coach and assistant when Tech opens the 2015 season. 

Gauna most recently was an assistant coach with the Palm Spring Power and served the past two seasons as the pitching coach at Kansas Wesleyan University.  While at KWU, he coached three pitchers who were all-conference selections, including a pitcher who tossed a no-hitter.  Gauna also had prior stints at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas and at Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kansas.

In two seasons at KWU, the Coyotes averaged 22 victories, and at Friends University helped increase their win total by 13 and 11 wins, respectively, as the Falcons pitching coach.  As a recruiting coordinator Gauna helped bring in 20 scholar athletes at Friends and an additional 10 at Brown Mackie.

The Derby High School graduate (Derby, Kansas), competed at Labette Community College before finishing his collegiate career at Friends University.  Gauna also spent seven summers coaching the Butler County Cubs, a travel team of 12-18 year-old player from the Augusta, Kansas area. 

Coach Gauna holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Friends University.