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Danny Miles

Danny Miles, Head Men's Basketball Coach

Danny Miles begins his 45th and final season at Oregon Tech when the 2015-16 Hustlin’ Owls take to the hardwoods in October. The Medford, Oregon native has reached many milestones during his illustrious career at Oregon Tech, including a 1,017-428 (.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, including three-of-the-last five seasons.   From November 2009 to December 2011, Miles marched his Hustlin’ Owls to a school-record 65-staight home victories. In the last 18 seasons Miles has 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 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.

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Mike Pisan

Mike Pisan, Assistant Basketball Coach

Mike Pisan enters his 17th season in the Oregon Tech basketball program with Coach Miles. Pisan has been an assistant with Miles during Tech's three national championship seasons (2004, 2008 and 2012). His first season assisting Coach Miles was during the 1978-79 and 79-80 seasons when the Hustlin'Owls earned a trip to the NAIA National Championships in the 78-79 season. He also spent 11 years handling the game analysis on the Oregon Tech Radio broadcasts.

Pisan, who retired from the Klamath Falls City Schools after 30 years as a Teacher and Administrator, is a 1971 graduate of Southern Oregon University. Mike and his wife Marsha have three sons, Kevin, Scott and Jeff and are the proud grandparents of Blake, Ashley, Cade, Kienan and Nika.

Paul Poetsch

Paul Poetsch, Assistant Basketball Coach

Paul Poetsch begins his seventh season as an assistant for Head Coach Dan Miles and the Hustlin’ Owls, working with players on shooting techniques and other facets of the game.

Poetsch retired in June 2011 as a school administrator in the Klamath Basin after 24 years, spending the last five as the personnel director for the Klamath County School District.

In his playing days Poetsch led the Oregon Community College ranks in scoring for two seasons before moving on to Western Oregon University. As a captain at WOU, Poetsch led the Wolves to a league championship in 1979-80 and a 2nd place finish in the district playoffs, earning 2nd team All-Evergreen Conference accolades.

Poetsch then began his coaching career, beginning at WOU with the junior varsity program in 1980-81. The following year Paul took the varsity boys job at Perrydale High School. In his three years with the Pirates he was named CASCO League Coach of the Year in 1983. In 1984 Poetsch moved to Klamath Falls and coached the Mazama High School girls team from 1985-88 where he was named the Southern Oregon Conference Coach of the Year in both 1987 and 1988.

Paul and his beautiful bride, Fritz, have been married for 31 blissful years.  The happy couple are the proud parents of son Garrett and daughters Janae and Kailee.

Justin Parnell

Justin Parnell, Associate Head Coach

Justin Parnell begins his first season as Oregon Tech Associate Head Coach and third time on the Hustlin’ Owls staff, holding assistant coaching positions during the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons.   

In 2012, after his initial coaching duties with the Owls, Parnell began working with Oregon Tech Alumni Relations, first as Scholarship and Alumni Coordinator and then as Alumni Relations Manager, working out of the university’s Wilsonville campus. Justin was instrumental in doubling alumni participation and reigniting the Golden Owls reunion. He also instituted Philanthropy Awareness Week on both the Klamath Falls and Wilsonville campuses, educating students about the positive impact of giving back to ones’ alma mater. Justin was able to bring back more than 35 alumni basketball players for the annual Alumni Basketball Weekend; and he partnered with student support services in Wilsonville to launch the College to Career Alumni Speaker Series.

Parnell, a Sutherlin, Oregon native, played two seasons at Oregon Tech (2008-10), averaging 17.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and five assists during that span. Parnell was named Cascade Collegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year after the 2009 season, while earning CCC Player of the Year accolades at the conclusion of the 2010 season. 

Parnell became Oregon Tech’s seventh NAIA First-Team All-American in 2010, while earning NAIA Honorable Mention honors in his first season with the Owls. Parnell led Oregon Tech to two-straight CCC regular-season and tournament titles, a pair of Sweet 16 appearances at the NAIA Division II men’s basketball championships, and never lost a game playing on Danny Miles Court (38-0).

Parnell returns to Klamath Falls with his wife Joey, also an Oregon Tech graduate, and their six-month-old son Jace, who is already one of the Hustlin’ Owls biggest fans. Parnell holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Oregon Tech.