Tim Miles

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Tim Miles
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Nebraska
Conference Big Ten
Record 89–93 (.489)
Biographical details
Born (1966-08-20) August 20, 1966 (age 51)
Doland, South Dakota
Playing career
1985–1989 Mary
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989–1995 Northern State (asst.)
1995–1997 Mayville State
1997–2001 Southwest Minnesota State
2001–2007 North Dakota State
2007–2012 Colorado State
2012–present Nebraska
Head coaching record
Overall 372–313 (.543)
Tournaments 4–7
Accomplishments and honors

Timothy Sean Miles (born August 20, 1966) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at University of Nebraska. Miles previously served as the head coach at Colorado State University. He is a graduate of the University of Mary.

Coaching career[edit]

Early Career & North Dakota St.[edit]

Following his playing career at Mary, Miles spent his first five seasons in coaching as an assistant at Northern State in NCAA Division II, eventually leaving for his first head coaching tenure at Mayville State in NAIA Division II. In both of his two seasons at Mayville, Miles lead the Comets to two NAIA DII tournament appearances. He subsequently returned to NCAA Division II play and had a successful head coaching stint at Southwest Minnesota State, which included one NCAA DII tournament appearance.

Miles then took over at North Dakota State in 2001. Shortly thereafter, the school declared its intent to reclassify from Division II and transition to Division I. The school would be ineligible for postseason play in its first five years of the transition, and was initially without a conference. On January 21, 2006, in just the school's second year in Division 1, NDSU pulled off a shocking 62–55 upset of #12 Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. The Bison, starting three redshirt freshman, ended Wisconsin's 27-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents. Miles would be named the Division I Independent Coach of the Year by CBS Sportsline.

The following season the Bison pulled yet another stunning upset. NDSU won at #8 Marquette in the championship game of the school's Blue and Gold Classic 64–60. The Bison would go on to finish 20–8, their best season under Miles. Of note, one year after Miles departed, at which time the school had since gained entry to the Summit League, the Bison made the NCAA Tournament under Miles' top assistant and successor, Saul Phillips, in their first year of eligibility primarily with the same players (as seniors) Miles had recruited and coached during their upsets of Wisconsin and Marquette.

Colorado State[edit]

On March 22, 2007, Miles was named head coach at Colorado State, replacing Dale Layer. Miles inherited just two players from the 2007 roster, and struggled to succeed early, going so far as to hold walkon tryouts to fill his first roster. After going winless in conference during his first season, Miles' teams improved gradually in the following years.

In May 2011, after winning 19 games and guiding CSU to its seventh appearance in the NIT during the 2010-11 season, he signed a 5-year contract with Colorado State.

The 2011-12 season saw Miles once again pulling upsets over ranked opponents. On January 28, CSU upset #12 San Diego State 77-60 at Moby Arena, marking the program's first win over a ranked opponent since 2004. Just over a month later the Rams stunned #18 New Mexico 71-63. Then, on February 29, Colorado State rallied from down 15 at half to defeat #17 UNLV 66-59. All three wins came at Moby Arena where CSU went 14-1, including 7-0 against Mountain West teams, the program's first perfect home season in conference play since 1960. Finishing with a 20-11 overall record, 8-6 in the Mountain West, Colorado State was awarded an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. It was CSU's first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2003 and their first at-large bid to the field since 1990. The Rams were the 11th seed in the West Regional and fell to 6th seed Murray State.


On March 24, 2012 Miles was named the next head men's basketball coach at Nebraska, replacing Doc Sadler. [1] Nebraska's men's basketball team is, historically, one of the weakest high-major college programs in NCAA Division I, having reached the NCAA tournament only six times before Miles' arrival and winning no games in any of them (at the time, one of only two high-majors, alongside Northwestern, to have never done so). In the 2013-14 season, he coached Nebraska into the NCAA Tournament, Nebraska's first tournament berth since 1998, but was unable to secure Nebraska its first tournament win, losing to former Big 12 rival Baylor. [2] This season is Miles's only winning season at Nebraska to date, however, as Nebraska would continue to struggle, finishing no better than 6–12 in conference play his next three seasons at the helm. Following their first round loss in 2017 Big Ten Tournament at the end of a five game slump (which included their biggest home loss in Nebraska history on senior night), Miles was confirmed to a sixth season despite having a losing record for four out of his five seasons at Nebraska.[3]

Coaching tree[edit]

One of Miles' former assistants is currently a head coach at another school:

Current Miles' assistants who were previously college head coaches:

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mayville State Comets (NDCAC) (1995–1997)
1995–96 Mayville State 17–11 9–3 1st NAIA–II First Round
1996–97 Mayville State 18–11 10–2 1st NAIA–II First Round
Mayville State: 35–22 (.614) 19–5 (.792)
Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs (Northern Sun) (1997–2001)
1997–98 SW Minnesota State 16–11 7–5 3rd
1998–99 SW Minnesota State 16–11 7–5 3rd
1999–00 SW Minnesota State 18–10 12–6 4th
2000–01 SW Minnesota State 28–7 17–1 1st NCAA D-II Elite Eight
Southwest Minnesota State: 78–39 (.667) 43–17 (.717)
North Dakota State Bison (North Central) (2001–2004)
2001–02 North Dakota State 11–15 5–13 8th
2002–03 North Dakota State 20–11 9–7 4th
2003–04 North Dakota State 16–13 8–6 3rd.
North Dakota State Bison (Independent) (2004–2007)
2004–05 North Dakota State 16–12
2005–06 North Dakota State 16–12
2006–07 North Dakota State 20–8
North Dakota State: 99–71 (.582) 22–26 (.458)
Colorado State Rams (Mountain West) (2007–2012)
2007–08 Colorado State 7–25 0–16 9th
2008–09 Colorado State 9–22 4–12 8th
2009–10 Colorado State 16–16 7–9 5th CBI First Round
2010–11 Colorado State 19–13 9–7 4th NIT First Round
2011–12 Colorado State 20–12 8–6 4th NCAA Second Round
Colorado State: 71–88 (.447) 28–50 (.359)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Ten) (2012–present)
2012–13 Nebraska 15–18 5–13 10th
2013–14 Nebraska 19–13 11–7 4th NCAA Second Round
2014–15 Nebraska 13–18 5–13 12th
2015–16 Nebraska 16–18 6–12 11th
2016–17 Nebraska 12–19 6–12 T–12th
2017–18 Nebraska 14–7 5–3
Nebraska: 89–93 (.489) 38–60 (.388)
Total: 372–313 (.543)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Katz, Andy (March 23, 2012). "Nebraska hires Time Miles". espn. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ Towle, Brian (March 24, 2014). "NCAA Tournament 2014: Baylor defeats Nebraska 74-60". Corn Nation. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  3. ^ Bruntz, Michael (March 8, 2017). "Miles will return as head coach". 247Sports.com. Retrieved March 8, 2017.