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LOS ANGELES – Oregon Tech Head Men's Basketball Coach Dan Miles was announced the Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" Award recipient for 2015. Miles will be honored Saturday, April 4 at the NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis at the 19th Annual Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast presented by mainstreet in the Indiana Convention Center.
Fox 59 News Anchor Fanchon Stinger and CBS' Clark Kellogg will emcee the event that will also feature "Remembering the 1976 Indiana University Undefeated Team". Some former winners of the award include: Del Harris, Dick Bennett, Homer Drew, Clark Kellogg, David Robinson, Don Meyer, Charlie Ward, Mark Price, Hubert Davis, Jim Haney, Lorenzo Romar and Jerry Colangelo.
The Keys to Life award, established by sports ministries Athletes in Action and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 1998, is presented annually to a past or current college or professional basketball player or coach who models the characteristics of UCLA men's basketball coaching legend John Wooden. Inspired by a note card with "Seven Things To Do" given him by his father Joshua upon graduation from grammar school in Centerton, Ind., Wooden followed these principles in his life:
Be true to yourself
Make each day your masterpiece
Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
Make friendship a fine art.
Build a shelter against a rainy day
Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.
In 44 seasons at Oregon Tech, Miles has amassed a 1,017-428 (.704) career win-loss record - all coming at Oregon Tech. After earning his 1,000 career victory in 2014, Miles became just the second men's basketball coach at a four-year level to reach the 1,000 win plateau. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reached the 1,000 career victory mark earlier this year, recently contacting Miles on how happy he was to join the elusive group of coaches with 1,000 or more victories.
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.
The veteran coach has led his Hustlin' Owls to 10 seasons of 30 or more wins, including three-of-the-last six seasons. From November 2009 to December 2011, Miles marched his Oregon Tech squad to a school-record 65-staight home victories. In the last 19 seasons Miles has led his squads to 14 trips to the NAIA Division II National Tournament and holds the record for most Division II wins at 33, including 14-straight wins in first round games. The Owls are also tied for most NAIA Division II national titles with three.
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 and led his Hustlin' Owl teams to (31) 20 win seasons, (22) 25 win seasons and (10) seasons with 30 or more wins.
In addition to being named NAIA National Basketball Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2008, Miles was awarded the National Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year in 2012 and was named the national winner of NAIA's Champion of Character award for all sports in 2009. Miles was also honored as A.T. Slats Gill All-Sports Coach of the Year (2004) and has been named Conference All-Sport Coach of the Year on four occasions. In 2013 Miles earned the DNA Award at the Oregon Sports Award show, while receiving the 2013 Guardians of the Game Pillar Award for Advocacy from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Other honors awarded to Miles include: Conference Coach of the Year (10 times), Northwest Coach of the Year (twice), West Coast Coach of the Year (once), and was a finalist for National Coach of the Year in 1974.
Miles ranks first in wins in the NAIA ranks and second among coaches at all levels in college basketball. He has set numerous records in his career, both as an athlete and as a coach. Upon winning his 500th game at Tech (Dec. 10, 1995), then, Oregon Institute of Technology President Lawrence J. Wolf proclaimed the court was now Danny Miles Court.