KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - On February 1st, 2014 Danny Miles became just the second men’s basketball coach at a four-year university to win 1,000 basketball games. On Saturday, March 29th, Miles was honored in front of nearly 260 people for that milestone reached by only four other college coaches in history.
Past and present Tech coaches and players, along with coaching colleagues, fans, and sponsors were on hand to celebrate in the achievement.
During the event Miles was honored by Tech president Dr. Chris Maples, announcing that the road west of Danny Miles Court has become ‘Danny Miles Way’. “Ever since I have been here, it’s been very clear there is a Danny Miles way (to do things),” Maples said while unveiling the sign.
The voice of the Hustlin’ Owls, Bobby Thompson, was the master of ceremonies, with Mile’s son, Tim Miles, beginning the evening. “Knowing my dad, I’m not surprised,” Tim Miles said. “I am most proud of who my dad is.”
The crowd would hear from coaching colleagues Gordy James (Willamette University) and Roger Kaiser (Life University). Four of Miles’ former players spoke, including Phil Scher who would play for the Owls in Miles’ first collegiate win on December 7th, 1971. Marvin Woodard, Florian Houguet and Joshua Wetzler would also comment on what Miles would mean to them.
Rick Todd, Oregon Tech sponsor upon arriving to each of their NAIA National Tournament appearances in the past to Branson, Mo., presented Miles with a gift - a St. Louis Cardinals baseball jersey, autographed by Stan Musial, a Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.
The 1,000 wins committee presented Miles with a customized plaque acknowledging Miles as a member of the 1,000-Win Club. The piece was signed by the four previous members — Harry Statham, Pat Summitt, Gene Bess, and George Wilson. The plaque was inscribed with several career-defining moments.
Miles will look to add to his 1,004 career wins total when his Hustlin’ Owls open up the 2014-15 season on October 31st versus The Masters College in Ashland.