KLAMATH FALLS -- Despite coaching 17 years at an opposing school, new Oregon Tech athletic director John Van Dyke knows a thing or two about Klamath Falls.
Yes, he would visit when his Northwest University Eagles came to play the Hustlin' Owls, but he also would visit in the summer to learn from legendary coach Danny Miles, who he calls a mentor.
"I would come down and visit with him in the summer, so I've seen Klamath Falls not only in the winter, but in the summer," Van Dyke said, "I feel like I know the community pretty well, I know what a great community they are, and how much they support their athletic programs."
When he first saw the job posted online, Van Dyke naturally reached out to Miles, who is a legend on that campus, men's head basketball coach from 1971 to 2016. He says Miles gave him a vote of confidence. Now that he has been hired, Miles said it was a great hire by his former school.
"I've known John 17 years. I've coached against hundreds of coaches throughout my career and John is in the top 10 in terms of being a class coach and a class guy in every sense of the word," Miles said.
Van Dyke officially takes over on February 1.