A proven program builder who has enjoyed success at the Division I, Division II and NAIA levels, Tim Miles was named the 27th basketball coach at the University of Nebraska on March 24, 2012.
Tim Miles at a Glance
Date of Birth: August 20, 1966
Hometown: Doland, S.D.
Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Health/Physical Education, University of Mary, 1989
Master of Arts in Health and Physical Science, Northern State University, 1990
Wife, Kari; Daughter, Ava (11); Son, Gabriel (7)
Head Coaching Experience
University of Nebraska, 2012-present
Colorado State University, 2007-2012
North Dakota State University, 2001-2007
Southwest Minnesota State University, 1997-2001
Mayville State University, 1995-1997
Assistant Coaching Experience
Northern State University, 1989-1995
- District VIII Coach of the Year, USBWA, 2012
- Mountain West Coach of the Year, CollegeInsider.com, 2010
- University of Mary Hall of Fame Inductee, 2007
- Division I Independent Coach of the Year, CBS Sportsline, 2005-06
- Finalist for the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year Award, 2005-06
- North Central Region Coach of the Year at Southwest Minnesota State, 2000-01
- Northern Sun Conference Coach of the Year at Southwest Minnesota State, 2000-01
- National Coach of the Month, (Division II Bulletin), December 2000
- NDCAC Coach of the Year, 1996
Miles spent the previous five seasons building the Colorado State program into a contender in the Mountain West Conference. He increased his victory total in each of his five years at CSU, culminating in a 20-12 record and the school's first NCAA appearance in nine seasons during his final year in Fort Collins. After winning 16 games in his first two years, his teams went 55-41 over the last three years, reaching postseason play in each campaign.
The 2011-12 Rams posted the school's first 20-win season since the 1997-98 campaign while playing a schedule that was rated as the fourth-toughest in the country. Colorado State set a school record with three wins over ranked teams and placed three players on the All-Mountain West teams, and Miles was named the District VIII Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for his efforts.
The Rams, one of four Mountain West teams to receive bids in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, averaged 70.1 points per game on the season and topped the Mountain West Conference in field-goal percentage (47.1), 3-point percentage (40.0) and free throw percentage (76.8).
Three of his players earned All-Mountain West honors, marking the program's most honorees in its half century affiliation with the WAC or Mountain West conferences. Wes Eikmeier earned first-team Mountain West honors after averaging 15.5 points per game, while Dorian Green and Pierce Hornung were both third-team honorees. Hornung also was named to the league's all-defensive team in 2011-12.
In 2010-11, Miles guided the program to a 19-13 record, a fourth-place finish in the Mountain West, and a berth in the NIT, reaching milestones at every step along the way. The 2010-11 campaign marked the Rams' first winning season in seven years, and the squad became the 10th in program history to record 19 or more victories in a single season.
The Rams' nine conference victories were the most for CSU since the formation of the Mountain West in 1999-2000, and CSU's fourth-place finish was the best since a fourth-place finish in the inaugural MW season. Miles and the Rams' received votes in the top-25 national polls for the first time since 2005-06, and he became just the third coach in the program's 100-year plus history to take the Rams to back-to-back postseason appearances.
Senior Andy Ogide became only the second Ram to earn first-team Mountain West honors as he averaged 17.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in 2010-11. He was also a first-team all-district honors from the NABC.
Miles' third Colorado State team continued to make improvements, as the 2009-10 Rams won 16 games and reached postseason play for the first time since 2003 with a berth in the 2010 College Basketball Invitational (CBI). For his efforts, Miles was selected as the 2010 Mountain West Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
During his first two years, Miles began to build the Colorado State program despite battling numerous injuries. In 2007-08, he led a roster that featured just one returning starter to early season success, including a tournament championship at the Top of World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. And, after battling through a tough conference slate, the Rams ended the season on a high note with a victory over rival Wyoming in the opening round of the Mountain West tournament.
His second season in Fort Collins proved to be just as fruitful as the Rams continued to make strides. Miles led the Rams to early season victories over Montana and Northern Colorado, both of which had beaten the Rams the previous year, and lost a one-point game against Minnesota. In addition, the Rams boosted their win column with four conference wins against UNLV, Air Force (twice) and TCU.
While establishing a tradition of winning in college basketball, Miles' philosophy extends far beyond the basketball court. He and his staff are committed to academics and the success of their student-athletes in the classroom.
At Colorado State, he donated back to the school and the community by capping the J.J. Williams scholarship endowment in 2011 and establishing the Ram Basketball Legacy scholarship endowment, while making a contribution to School is Cool, a CSU driven program to support Poudre School District.
With 17 years of experience as a head coach at four institutions, he has compiled a career record of 283-220 that includes three conference championships and six postseason tournament appearances.
Before taking over the Colorado State program, Miles spent six seasons at North Dakota State, guiding the Bison through the transition to the Division I ranks. He won at least 16 games in each of his final five seasons at the school, including the program's first three years at the Division I level. Miles' tenure at NDSU was highlighted by a pair of road wins over top-15 squads in his final two seasons.
In 2005-06, the Bison, who started three redshirt freshmen, snapped Wisconsin's 27-game win streak against non-conference foes with a 62-55 win over the 13th ranked Badgers, marking one of only six non-conference losses in Bo Ryan's 11 seasons at Wisconsin. In his final season at NDSU, Miles guided the Bison team that had one senior on the roster to a 20-8 record, including a 64-60 win at eighth-ranked Marquette in the championship game of the 2006 Blue and Gold Classic. North Dakota State was one of only two independent programs with a winning record in 2006-07.
Miles showed his ability to turn around programs during his tenure at Southwest Minnesota State University. He took a program that had only one winning season in the previous decade and went 78-39 in his four seasons at the school, recorded the first 20-win season in school history, and led Southwest Minnesota State to its first back-to-back winning seasons in more than two decades.
In his final year at the school, the Mustangs won a school record 28 games - the first 20-win season in program history - captured the 2001 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship and reached the Division II Elite Eight. For his efforts, Miles was named the National Coach of the Month by the Division II Bulletin in December 2000 and was the NSIC and North Central Region Coach of the Year following the 2000-01 campaign.
Miles began his head coaching career at Mayville (N.D.) State University, guiding the program to a 35-22 record from 1995 to 1997 and a pair of conference titles. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Northern State for six seasons from 1989-90 through 1994-95 and helped the Wolves to five NAIA playoff appearances and five regional titles. He was the recruiting coordinator for NSU and was responsible for bringing in and coaching five All-Americans at that school.
A native of Doland, S.D., he graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., in 1989 and earned a master's degree in health and physical education from Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D., in 1990. He was inducted into the University of Mary Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
Miles, and his wife, Kari, have one daughter, Ava, and one son, Gabriel.