A name that is synonymous with Oregon Tech Athletics. For more than 40 years, Danny has been the heart and soul of the Oregon Tech Athletic Programs. He has held the position of Director of Athletics as well as coached softball, baseball, and, of course, men’s basketball. Athletics is his passion.
Raised by coach, Danny’s father was a professional baseball player in the early 1900’s and when he settled with a wife and three boys in Southern Oregon, he built a baseball field in the cow pasture behind the family home. From early on, that love for sports ran deep in his veins. In college, he played quarterback at Southern Oregon University. In 1965, he set a record with a 77.9 percent completion percentage and led the nation in total offense.
At the tender age of 24, Danny took a position with Oregon Institute of Technology to assist with three sports: basketball, football, and baseball. Little did he realize then that accepting the position would start him on a path to a lifelong career, earning him national recognition among his peers and firmly securing a place in the hearts of Klamath Falls residents as hometown hero.
Danny has coached hundreds of players over the years, fueling their love for the game, teaching them technique and helping them refine their skills, and instilling in them the importance of character on and off the court or field. He has shaped an athletic program, molded young minds, and brought national exposure to a small university in a rural Southern Oregon town.
In February 2014, Danny reached a milestone during his 43rd season to become the second men’s basketball coach at a four-year level to reach 1,000 career victories. He has led Oregon Tech to the National Tournament a total of 17 times, winning the National Championship in 2004, 2008, and 2012. He was named NAIA Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2008. In 1996, Danny was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and in 2011 into the NAIA Sports Hall of Fame.
Danny Miles is so much more than a coach. He is a mentor and a leader in his community. Follow the tradition of Coach Miles to promote the opportunity for national competition and encourage our young people to reach their potential.
As wife to one of Klamath Falls’ beloved citizens, Judie Miles holds her own through the energy and enthusiasm she brings to each and every occasion. An Arizona State graduate and former elementary teacher, Judie has served on many community boards over the years and is involved in SMART and CARES through their Board of Directors. She assists in fundraising and recruitment, along with helping to lead the charge to protect children in Klamath and Lake Counties from abuse and neglect.
Danny’s biggest supporter, Judie is very involved with team functions and the recruitment of student athletes.