Oregon Magazine

Pigskin Pete
OTI Cage Coach Nearing
National Victory Record

By Fred Delkin

This season, Oregon Technical Institute basketball coach Danny Mires will reach the mentoring
stratosphere with over 900 wins in his 39-year college coaching career at OTI. This bald, ebullient
little guy passes the legendary Bobby Knight as the third winningest coach at any level of college
cage play. His Hustlin' Owls have earned a pair of national titles in National NAIA Division II
tournament play in 2008 and 2004 and have averaged 23 wins per season under Miles.

Danny graduated from Ashland's Southern Oregon College (now University) in 1965, after serving as a 4-year starter in football and baseball and earning small college All-American status as a quarterback in 1964 with a 77% completion percentage. Oh yes, he also performed as a point guard on the SOC basketball team. He joined the OTI coaching staff in 1972. In 1995, OTI christened their basketball facility Danny Miles Court.

Photo: Danny and his roundball lads

OTI, Oregon's only public institute of technology, is based in Klamath Falls, with satellited facilities in LaGrande and Seattle. Its sports teams play in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, formed in 1993. Current conference members include Eastern Oregon, Evergreen St.(Olympia,WA) Warner Pacific, Cascade and Concordia in Portland, Corban (Salem), Northwest (Kirkland WA), Northwest Christian (Eugene), College of Idaho and Southern Oregon. The Owl squad has 9 Oregon players from such metropoli as Bonanza, Sutherlin, Cottage Grove, Medford, Klamath Falls, and Madras, one each from California, Washington and Nevada and a pair of foreigners from Serbia and New Zealand. This group leads their conference and is expected to qualify for another national tourney berth. They rank #3 nationally in the NAIA top 25 in 2010, behind Walsh of Ohio and Kentucky Wesleyan.

The NAIA has 290 institutional members in the U.S. and Canada and stages national championships in football, basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, track & field and cross-country. Miles has earned the group's national coach-of-the-year in 2008 and has guided no less than 14 Owl squads into the national basket ball tourney.

Danny is a member of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.

Original text © 2010 Oregon Magazine (photo is from the OIT site)