MEDFORD, Ore.--It's the latest chapter in the storied career of Danny Miles.
The fourth most winningest coach in college basketball history at Oregon Tech; the last three letter varsity athlete at Southern Oregon; and now, the 72-year-old is the head athletic director at Cascade Christian High School.
Miles has been serving as the school's assistant AD since April of 2016. He's still only part-time, but now is the head man after former athletic director Dave Fennell took a position as the advancement director.
"They said I can come and go when I want. I try to be very fair with them also and I appreciate the opportunity. As I told them, any time they want to get a real full-time person in, I could leave tomorrow. I'll try to do the best I can and we'll see what happens," he said.
The new role for Miles isn't all that different from what he's already been doing--it centers on mentoring coaches and student athletes.
"The best way to be associated with young people is in the situation I'm in now rather than sitting at home or being retired," Miles said.
As head athletic director, Miles has already been hard at work. On Monday, the efforts from him and the rest of the Cascade staff paid off. Starting in 2018, Challengers athletics will be in a new conference.
Miles said Cascade Christian was originally looking to go into the Skyline Conference--a jump from 3A to 4A and also a jump in competition. But wanting to stay in the same league as St. Mary's to keep the rivalry in place, both teams will join the newly created 3A Umpqua River Conference.
Meanwhile, Rogue River, Lakeview and Illinois Valley, all formerly in the same league with Cascade and St. Mary's, will drop to 2A. All five schools were pleased with this decision.
"I think all five of the athletic directors and the schools were happy with the direction we've gone now," Miles said. "We've moved up in competition, those schools have moved down a little bit, but they have a chance to win league championships year in and year out, which is best for the kids."
With his first item of business taken care of after his mini promotion, Miles said he's been settling in nicely and expects other added obligations to pop up eventually. One of those tasks is hiring new coaches--something he happens to have a wealth of experience doing.
Miles was on the hiring committee that named Charlie Hall the head football coach at Southern Oregon University and played a big role in ushering in Justin Parnell as head basketball coach at Oregon Tech.
He had rave reviews of their impacts so far.
"I really appreciate what Charlie's done. He's come in and has done a terrific job, but also has kept Craig's (Howard) name in front of a lot of things and I think everybody's appreciated it," Miles said. "It doesn't surprise me how well he's done. He's an excellent coach and he's done it the right way.
As for Parnell, who's occupying the position Miles held for 40-plus years: "Justin was an All-American for me and he was my assistant for three seasons. What he's done hasn't surprised me. He's going to do a great job and I'm rooting for him all the time," Miles said.
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