Kansas City (March 7, 2013) – Danny Miles, whose Oregon Institute of Technology men’s basketball teams have won an incredible 987 games in his 42 seasons, is the recipient of the 2013 Guardians of the Game Pillar Award for Advocacy from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Miles will receive the award on Sunday, April 7, at the annual AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show at the Sydney Marcus Auditorium in Atlanta. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., and includes the presentation of the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T to the nation’s most outstanding player, is held during the annual NABC Convention and in conjunction with the NCAA® Men’s Division I Final Four®.
Head coach Danny Miles has led the Hustlin' Owls to three NAIA Division II national championships, including last year's 2012 team. Miles enters his 43rd season at Oregon Tech beginning this fall.
A three-time national coach of the year, Miles has guided the Oregon Tech Owls to three National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II championships, including 2012. He trails only McKendree University’s Harry Statham in men’s college basketball career victories and his teams have won 71 percent of almost 1,400 games. The Owls have earned 14 national tournament berths in the last 17 seasons, have never lost an opening round game and have a 33-11 record in the NAIA Division II tournament.
Beyond his own program at Oregon Tech, Miles has made a significant impact on basketball in America and around the world. Miles was selected to serve as a court coach for the 2011 USA Basketball Men's U19 Junior National Team in Colorado Springs, Colo. The training camp was used to select the 12-member team that represented the USA at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship played in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga Latvia.
He has coached eight summer clinics in France, as well as having taught clinics in Australia and Japan. In 2010, Miles was a part of the Athletes in Action staff traveling through Kenya and Rwanda, Africa, hosting basketball clinics, and in August of 2011 was selected as the head clinician for AIA, where Miles coached the national coaches of Rwanda, along with the top men’s and women’s players from the East African nation.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.