Former Nebraska and Colorado State head coach Tim Miles is making his return to college basketball and the Mountain West as the new head coach of the San José State Spartans, the school announced Tuesday. Miles has 399 career wins across the D-I, D-II and NAIA levels.
“Going into this national search, my top priorities were to find someone that not only had head coaching experience, but also had success in building programs,” AD Marie Tuite said in a statement. “Coach Miles fits that description perfectly. If you look at the job he did at Colorado State and Nebraska, you will see that he completely changed the culture of those programs and elevated each program to new heights. I have full confidence that he is going to the same here at San José State.”
Miles has been out of coaching for the past two seasons after he was let go by Nebraska. He had taken the Huskers to three NITs and one NCAA Tournament, hired in 2012 after five seasons spent rebuilding the Colorado State program. Before CSU, Miles was the head coach at (then D-II) North Dakota State, D-II Southwest Missouri State and NAIA Mayville State.
“I can’t wait to get on campus to meet the team, begin assembling our staff and recruiting the type of player that will match our expectations for winning basketball,” Miles said. “I’m ready to raise the bar and work arm and arm with Marie to make our basketball program a team that will compete at the highest level of the Mountain West Conference and beyond.”
Well-liked and highly-regarded in college basketball circles, it was only a matter of time before Miles was back at the helm of a mid-major program. San José State is getting an experienced head coach and proven winner who will immediately energize the program and fanbase.
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