A GRANDE, Ore. — Legendary Oregon Tech head men’s basketball coach Danny Miles has probably seen it all in his 45 year career guiding the Hustlin ‘Owls and, as a result, is most likely not one to be surprised easily. Surprise is exactly what happened last Saturday night when Cascade Conference Commissioner Rob Cashell announced to a near capacity crowd prior to the OIT vs. C of I game that the CCC men’s basketball tournament trophy was being renamed the “Danny Miles Trophy” in honor of his legacy.
Cashell, when addressing Coach Miles stated that, “upon my recommendation and the unanimous support of the Council of Presidents, beginning with the 2016-17 season the Cascade Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Trophy will be renamed, and forever known, as the Danny Miles Trophy.”
Cashell, who formerly served as the athletic director of Montana Western, is a 1984 Butte High graduate and member of the Class AA state champion Bulldog basketball team.
As the crowd erupted in applause and an ovation, Coach Miles was visibly taken back by the gesture. “I am not sure if anything we could do truly represents the impact Coach Miles has had on thousands of people and the game of basketball,” Cashell noted. “The naming of our CCC trophy is fitting in order to make sure generations to come hear the story of one of all-time greats in college basketball at any level.”
About Coach Miles (courtesy OIT Sports Information)
Danny Miles began his 45th and final season at Oregon Tech when the 2015-16 Hustlin’ Owls took to the hardwoods in October. The Medford, Oregon native has reached many milestones during his illustrious career at Oregon Tech, including a current 1,037-436 (.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. From November 2009 to December 2011, Miles marched his Hustlin’ Owls to a school-record 65-staight home victories. In the last 18 seasons, before his final season, Miles 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 thus far 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.
— Cascade Conference