Danny Miles begins his 45th and final season at Oregon Tech when the 2015-16 Hustlin’ Owls take to the hardwoods in October. The Medford, Oregon native has reached many milestones during his illustrious career at Oregon Tech, including a 1,017-428 (.704) career win-loss record - all coming at Oregon Tech. After earning his 1,000 career victory, a 71-51 win over Corban University on February 1st, 2014, on that date, Miles became just the second men’s basketball coach at a four-year level to reach the 1,000 win plateau. 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 five seasons. From November 2009 to December 2011, Miles marched his Hustlin’ Owls to a school-record 65-staight home victories. In the last 18 seasons Miles has led his squads to an overall 491-144 (.773) 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. Tech 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.
Other Milestones include: three national basketball titles, one national runner-up, one national third place, two elite eight’s, 14 district or conference titles, seven district runners-up, and ranked in the NAIA top-20 on 30 occasions, with the highest ranking of first. Miles has averaged over 23 wins per season. Miles has led his Hustlin' Owl teams to (31) 20 win seasons, (22) 25 win seasons and (10) seasons with 30 or more wins.
In addition to being named NAIA National Basketball Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2008. On April 4, 2015 Miles received the John Wooden Keys to Life Award from the Athletes in Action at the group's annual Final Four breakfast held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I men's national tournament.
Miles was also selected to coach the 2015 NABC/NAIA Men’s Basketball All-Star Game. 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.
On April 21, 2005 Miles was honored by his alma mater Southern Oregon University as the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award at a dinner held in his honor on the SOU campus. In March of 2001 Miles was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in Point Lookout, Missouri. He was then awarded the Favell Museums Klamath County Western Heritage Award later that spring. In 1996 Miles was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. He also has attained similar recognition as a charter member in both the Southern Oregon University and the city of Medford Halls of Fame for his outstanding athletic fortunes.
Miles ranks first in wins in the NAIA ranks and second among coaches at all levels in college basketball. He has set numerous records in his career, both as an athlete and as a coach. Upon winning his 500th game at Tech (Dec. 10, 1995), then, Oregon Institute of Technology President Lawrence J. Wolf proclaimed the court was now Danny Miles Court.
Miles was a standout three-sport athlete at Medford High School. After capping a brilliant prep career by being named the schools outstanding athlete in 1963, Miles moved on to Southern Oregon College of Education. During his stay at, now, Southern Oregon University, he earned All-American honors in football, All-Conference honors in basketball and was named to the All-District baseball team. A four-year starter at quarterback for the Raiders, Miles set collegiate footballs All-Time record (All Divisions) by completing (190 - 247) passes a 77.9% his Sophomore season. As a freshman, in 1964, he completed 77% of his passes and his career percentage was a sparkling 66 percent. Miles led the nation in passing percentage in 1964 and 1965 and led the Nation in total offense in 1965.
The versatile Miles was an assistant coach in the Tech football program and head coach of the baseball team. On four occasions, his baseball teams finished in the top three in District II. In ten years with the Oregon Tech softball program Tech won six conference championships including one trip to the college world series. Miles has directed three different American Legion programs. In his 10 years of coaching American Legion Baseball his teams were state runner-up on three occasions and won State Championships in 1974 and 1987.
Miles has also coached eight summer clinics in France, as well as clinics in Australia and China. In 2011 Miles was selected to serve as a court coach for the USA Basketball Men's U19 Junior National Team in Colorado Springs, Colo. The training camp was used to select the 12-member team that represented the USA at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship played in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga Latvia.
In 2010 Miles was a part of the Athlete's in Action staff traveling through Kenya and Rwanda, Africa hosting basketball clinics, and in August of 2011 was selected as the Head Clinician for AIA where Miles coached the national coaches of Rwanda, along with the top men’s and women’s players from the East African nation.
Danny and his wife, Judie, stay busy in the offseason with their five children and 19 grandchildren.
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