MEDFORD -- After coaching the Oregon Tech men's basketball team to 1,040 wins and three national championships over 46 seasons, Danny Miles will be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in November. He will be honored at this year's Final Four this weekend along with the other inductees.
"I thought maybe winning a few conference championships, maybe getting to a national tournament, that would be a great career," Miles said, "I never imagined anything like this could happen."
The entire process started with a phone call from the National Association of Basketball coaches, which he didn't initially answer.
"I thought it was a telemarketer," Miles said, "They left a message and told me I was being inducted into the Hall of Fame. It was very unexpected and very thrilling, of course."
Miles is one of just four college basketball coaches to ever win more than 1,000 career games. Now, he's just one of three small-college coaches to be enshrined in college basketball's most hallowed hall.
"Oh, I think it's great for small-college basketball," Miles said, "Hopefully it opens some doors for other coaches to have that same opportunity."
Miles credits his countless players and the Oregon Tech Hustlin' Owls fans for his and the team's success over the years. Of his players, he says, "We call them 'Oregon Tech guys' and they're special." He heaped praise on the thousands of fans that filled the court now bearing his name.
"We had the greatest small-college fans in the country," Miles said, "There weren't four or five schools in the whole country who were better than Klamath Falls fans."
After being informed of his selection into the Hall of Fame, Miles has had a chance to reflect on his career and the legacy he hopes he has left at the school he spent two-thirds of his life at.
"I always hoped our coaching staff would be the kind of staff that kids would love to play for us and they would look back on their time at Oregon Tech as being one of the highlights of their life," Miles said.
The induction his crowning jewel, Miles still can't quite believe he will be in the Hall of Fame by November, which is when this year's class will be inducted.
"I was lucky enough to be honored two years ago with the 'John Wooden Keys to Life' award," Miles said, "I had to speak in front of 1,100 people at the Final Four and I thought that was it."
No, there will be one more chapter in the career of Danny Miles' coaching career. This one is a fitting grand finale for the man who shaped Oregon Tech basketball into what it is today.
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