OIT's Miles to receive Wooden award
LOS ANGELES — Oregon Tech men's basketball head coach Dan Miles was announced the Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" Award recipient for 2015.
Miles, a former Medford High and Southern Oregon University standout athlete, will be honored April 4 at the NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis at the 19th annual Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast.
Fox 59 News anchor Fanchon Stinger and CBS' Clark Kellogg will emcee the event that will also feature "Remembering the 1976 Indiana University Undefeated Team." Some former winners of the award include Del Harris, Dick Bennett, Homer Drew, Clark Kellogg, David Robinson, Don Meyer, Charlie Ward, Mark Price, Hubert Davis, Jim Haney, Lorenzo Romar and Jerry Colangelo.
In 44 seasons at Oregon Tech, Miles has amassed a 1,017-428 (.704) career win-loss record — all coming at Oregon Tech. After earning his 1,000th career victory in 2014, Miles became just the second men's basketball coach at a four-year level to reach the 1,000-win plateau. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski won his 1,000th game earlier this year, recently contacting Miles on how happy he was to join the exclusive group of coaches with 1,000 or more victories.
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.
The veteran coach has led his Hustlin' Owls to 10 seasons of 30 or more wins, including three of the last six seasons. From November 2009 to December 2011, Miles marched his Oregon Tech squad to a school-record 65-straight home victories.
In the last 19 seasons Miles has led his squads to 14 trips to the NAIA Division II National Tournament and holds the record for most Division II wins at 33, including 14 straight wins in first round games. The Owls are also tied for most NAIA Division II national titles with three.
Other Milestones include one national runner-up, one national third place, two elite eights, 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 and 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 coach of the year 2004 and 2008, Miles received the National Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year in 2012 and the NAIA's Champion of Character award for all sports in 2009.
Miles ranks first in wins in the NAIA ranks and second among coaches at all levels in college basketball.