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OIT's Miles tabbed for college Hall of Fame

A phone call recently caught legendary basketball coach Danny Miles off guard.

On the other end was Jim Haney, the former University of Oregon coach and current executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

“I thought it was a telemarketer at first, but then saw the name and thought maybe he was calling about a clinic or something,” said Miles, who owns the fourth-highest win total among all NCAA and NAIA head coaches after a 45-year career at Oregon Tech.

Haney reached out to the 1963 Medford High graduate about a month ago to deliver special news: Miles had been named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.

“It kind of shocked me,” said the 72-year-old Miles, who lives in Jacksonville. “I didn’t expect it, but I’m really honored.”

The induction ceremony will take place Nov. 18 in Kansas City. Arkansas’ Otis Birdsong, Arizona’s Sean Elliott, Houston’s Sidney Moncrief, North Carolina’s Sam Perkins, Morgan State’s Marvin Webster and USC’s Paul Westphal join Miles and former Charleston coach John Kresse in the class.

Miles is currently visiting San Antonio to enjoy the NCAA Final Four. He’s made the trip to past Final Four venues to take in the basketball, connect with friends and hear all the coaching buzz.

“It’s always fun to come back here and see the old-timers,” he said, adding that he’s appreciated the many congratulations he’s received while in Texas.

Miles guided the Owls to NAIA Division II national titles in 2004, 2008 and 2012. He captured his 1,000th win in 2014 and finished his historic career with a 1,040-437 record.

Only Harry Statham of McKendree (1,122 wins), Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (1,100) and Herb Magee of Thomas Jefferson University ( 1,074) have more victories.

Miles’ teams won 30 or more games 10 times and captured a total of 23 regular-season conference and conference tournament titles. His lengthy list of career awards includes NAIA Coach of the Year honors in 2004 and 2008, the NABC Coach of the Year in 2012 and the NABC Guardians of the Game Award for Advocacy in 2013. Miles, a former standout three-sport athlete at Medford High and Southern Oregon University, is a charter member of the Medford and SOU sports halls of fame. He currently works as athletic director at Cascade Christian High.

Miles joins a small list of small-school coaches in the Hall of Fame with Clarence “Big House” Gaines of Winston-Salem State and Dave Robbins of Virginia Union University.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is located inside the College Basketball Experience, a facility adjacent to Kansas City’s Sprint Center. The induction celebration will precede the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic, which will showcase Nebraska, Texas Tech, USC and Missouri State competing Nov. 19-20 at Sprint Center.

Reach reporter Dan Jones at djones@rosebudmedia.com. Find him online at twitter.com/danjonesmt

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Oregon Tech men’s basketball coach Danny Miles gives direction from the sideline on Feb. 9, 2016 at the Mountain Avenue Gym in Ashland. - Larry Stauth Jr / for the Mail Tribune
Southern Oregon University honors Oregon Tech men’s basketball coach and SOU alum Danny Miles (front left) before the game on Feb. 9, 2016 at the Mountain Avenue Gym in Ashland. Miles was joined by SOU men’s basketball coach Brian McDermott and SOU football coach Craig Howard. - Larry Stauth Jr / for the Mail Tribune