Oregon Institute of Technology

Coaches

Matthew Miles

Matthew Miles, Head Baseball Coach

Matt Miles enters his seventh year as head coach of the Oregon Tech baseball team.  During his tenure, the Owls’ baseball program won its first ever Cascade Conference Championship (2009) and recorded the school’s highest finish in the Regional Playoffs with a second place finish in 2010. 

After failing to make it into the postseason the past two years, Miles led the 2013 Oregon Tech baseball team to a berth into the NAIA West Tournament as a fifth-seed.  Tech would come up short in a bid to the NAIA College World Series, falling 4-3 to eventual champion, Concordia University, in game 1, while a 3-0 loss in game 2 to Corban eliminated the Owls.  Tech wound up 20-36 overall and ended NAIA West play with an 11-17 record last season.

Miles' 2009 team set school records with 33 total wins and 24 conference wins. Miles’ squads won back to back Southern Division titles in 2009 and 2010, those clubs set school marks in most offensive categories including base hits, runs scored, homeruns, and stolen bases. He begins the 2014 season with 137 career wins at Oregon Tech.

Miles was raised in Klamath Falls and attended Klamath Union high school where he played football and baseball. He was named MVP,  Most Inspirational and team captain of both sports during his senior year and garnered 1st team All-State accolades as an outfielder in baseball. He earned  1st team All-Conference awards at both wide receiver and defensive back in football in both his junior and senior years. He played in both the North-South Oregon Shrine game and the 4A All-Star baseball game following his senior year. Miles holds the single season stolen base record at Klamath Union with 25 in 1988. Coach Miles and associate head coach, Joe Tacchini were both teammates on the 1987 American Legion State Championship team: the Klamath Falls Falcons.

Miles played Division I baseball at St. Mary’s College of California before transferring to Oregon Tech where he started on both the football and baseball teams. He was selected as a 1st team All-Conference outfielder for the Owls in 1991.

Matt and his wife Beverley have been married 25 years and are proud parents of Braxton (21), Maddy (18), and Bryce (15).

Phillip Ouellette

Phillip Ouellette, Assistant Baseball Coach

Phil Ouellette starts his seventh year as an assistant for the Owls. Prior to Oregon Tech, Ouellette was an assistant coach at North Medford High School in 2006 and assisted at Klamath Union High School in 2007.

As a player, Ouellette excelled in both football and baseball at North Medford High School where he helped lead his teams to state championship appearances in both sports. The 2001 graduate was a two time all conference and all state selection in baseball as an outfielder and gathered all conference and all state honors in football as a running back his senior year. Ouellette was also a state-metro all-star selection and was chosen as the offensive MVP of the annual Oregon vs. Washington all-star series his senior year. Ouellette was a three year starter for the Medford Mustangs American Legion program, where he still currently holds the record for career triples. As a college player, Ouellette helped lead the 2004 Lane Titans to a NWAACC championship, receiving all southern region honors in the process. He finished his playing days at Oregon Tech in 2007, where he led the Owls in runs, triples, and walks.

Pitching Coach Nick Gauna

Nick Gauna, Pitching Coach

Nick Gauna begins his first season for the Owls as the new pitching coach and assistant when Tech opens the 2015 season. 

Gauna most recently was an assistant coach with the Palm Spring Power and served the past two seasons as the pitching coach at Kansas Wesleyan University.  While at KWU, he coached three pitchers who were all-conference selections, including a pitcher who tossed a no-hitter.  Gauna also had prior stints at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas and at Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kansas.

In two seasons at KWU, the Coyotes averaged 22 victories, and at Friends University helped increase their win total by 13 and 11 wins, respectively, as the Falcons pitching coach.  As a recruiting coordinator Gauna helped bring in 20 scholar athletes at Friends and an additional 10 at Brown Mackie.

The Derby High School graduate (Derby, Kansas), competed at Labette Community College before finishing his collegiate career at Friends University.  Gauna also spent seven summers coaching the Butler County Cubs, a travel team of 12-18 year-old player from the Augusta, Kansas area. 

Coach Gauna holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Friends University.