Head Men's Basketball Coach Dan Miles earned the DNA award while last year's 2012 title team earned their third George Pasero Team award.
BEAVERTON, Ore. – Oregon Tech Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dan Miles earned an individual award while Oregon Tech’s 2012 national champion men’s basketball team was a co-recipient of the George Pasero Team of the Year Award announced Sunday night at the 61st annual Oregon Sports Award show.
The awards, recognizing accomplishments during the 2012 calendar year, were voted on by a state wide panel of experts, along with fans from around the state who have logged on at oregonsportsawards.com to cast their ballots.
The Hustlin’ Owls, who went 34-4 last year on their way to winning the school’s third NAIA Division II title, earned their third George Pasero Team of the Year Award. Tech brought home the award after national titles in 2004 and 2008.
George Pasero was a sports writer, editor and columnist for The Oregon Journal and The Oregonian for nearly 45 years before retiring in 1985. This Award goes to a team from Oregon, regardless of level of competition that has won a national championship and/or achieved national recognition in the calendar year of 2012. Co-recipients this year included University of Oregon women’s indoor track and field, U of O’s women’s cross country team, U of O’s acrobatics and tumbling and Blue Mountain Community College volleyball.
The Slats Gill finalists included Danny Miles, former Oregon Ducks football coach Chip Kelly and Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, whose club won the NBA title last year. Kelly and Spoelstra were co-recipients this year. It is Kelly’s third trophy having won the award in 2009 and 2010. Miles won the award in 2004. The only NBA coaches to earn the Slats Gill Award, prior to Spoelstra this year, were Jack Ramsay in 1977 and Rick Adelman in 1990 and 1992.
Miles, however, did earn the distinguished DNA Award. It is Miles’ first DNA award at the Oregon Sports Award show. The DNA award, which dates back to 1954, goes to an individual or organization for extraordinary passion and dedication to sports in Oregon. Recipients of this award are part of Oregon's sports DNA. Last year’s co-recipients included Mike Stone (Portland) and Judy Sherman (Pacific University).
The 61st annual Oregon Sports Awards, saluting athletic excellence in the state, was staged at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Campus in Beaverton.