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Athletes in Action Honors Dedicated Coach Danny Miles

Legendary Oregon Tech Coach’s Dedication, Character Celebrated April 4 with Coach Wooden 'Keys to Life' Award

March 25, 2015

With more than 1,000 wins during his tenure at Oregon Tech and more than 44 years devoted to a single university, coach Danny Miles is more than a coach; he is an established, loyal role model to the students and community of the Hustlin’ Owls. At the 2015 Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast, during the men's Final Four weekend, Miles will be awarded the Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” award.

Established in 1998, the award is given to a current or past player or coach at either the professional or college level, who models the characteristics of UCLA men's basketball legend, coach John Wooden. Miles joins an elite group of basketball greats who have received the honor, including Homer Drew, David Robinson and Mark Price.

Since his first season with Oregon Tech, Miles has not only coached the men’s basketball team but also the school’s baseball and football teams. While with the Hustlin’ Owls, Miles’ accomplishments have included:

  • Three national championships
  • Two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Basketball Coach of the Year
  • NAIA Champion of Character award recipient for all sports
  • 2013 Guardians of the Game Pillar Award for Advocacy from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame nominee

In addition to his achievements as coach at Oregon Tech, Miles’ impact has reached well beyond Klamath Falls, Oregon. With his extensive knowledge of a variety of sports, he developed the Value Point System (VPS), a method helping coaches evaluate player effectiveness. Because of Miles' success as a coach and dedication to the sport, the VPS has been trusted and adopted by coaches across the nation and at various levels.

Athletes in Action will present Miles with the Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” award on April 4, in advance of the Men’s NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis.

WHAT: Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast

WHEN: April 4, 8:30 a.m. ET

WHERE: Indiana Convention Center, 500 Ballroom
               100 South Capitol Street
               Indianapolis, IN 46225

John Wooden’s Keys to Life:

  • Make each day your masterpiece 
  • Help others 
  • Be true to yourself 
  • Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible
  • Make friendship a fine art
  • Build shelter against a rainy day
  • Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day

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