Tim Miles

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Tim Miles
Biographical details
Born (1966-08-20) August 20, 1966 (age 53)
Doland, South Dakota
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989–1995Northern State (assistant)
1995–1997Mayville State
1997–2001Southwest Minnesota State
2001–2007North Dakota State
2007–2012Colorado State
Head coaching record
Overall399–334 (.544)
Accomplishments and honors

Timothy Sean Miles (born August 20, 1966) is an American college basketball coach. Miles previously served as the head coach at Colorado State University and the University of Nebraska. Miles is a graduate of the University of Mary. Tim Miles is currently an analyst for Big Ten Network, Fox Sports, and Fox Sports 1.

Coaching career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Following his playing career at Mary, Miles spent five seasons as an assistant at Division II Northern State, before leaving to accept his first head coaching job at NAIA Division II Mayville State. In both of his seasons at Mayville, Miles led the Comets to the NAIA DII tournament. He then returned to NCAA Division II, leading Southwest Minnesota State to the elite eight.

Miles 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 I, NDSU pulled off a shocking 62–55 upset of No. 12 Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. The Bison, starting three freshmen, 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 off another stunning upset, upsetting No. 8 Marquette in the championship game of the Blue and Gold Classic. The Bison finished 20–8, their best season under Miles. North Dakota State joined the Summit League the year after Miles departed and the Bison made the NCAA Tournament under the guidance of new head coach Saul Phillips, who was previously Miles' assistant.

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 as a result the program struggled immensely. After going winless in conference play in his first season, Miles' teams gradually improved over the following years.

In May 2011, after winning 19 games and guiding CSU to its seventh NIT appearance, he signed a 5-year contract extension with Colorado State.

The following season, the Rams defeated three ranked teams, all at home at Moby Arena. On January 28, CSU upset No. 13 San Diego State for the program's first win over a ranked opponent since 2004. Just over a month later, the Rams stunned No. 18 New Mexico. Then, on February 29, Colorado State rallied from a 15-point deficit at halftime to defeat No. 17 UNLV 66-59. CSU finished 20–11 overall and 8–6 in the Mountain West, and was awarded an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. It was CSU's first trip to the tournament since 2003 and their first at-large bid since 1990. The Rams were the No. 11 seed in the West Regional and fell to No. 6 seed Murray State.


On March 24, 2012 Miles was named head coach at Nebraska, replacing Doc Sadler.[1] Historically, the Cornhuskers have fielded one of the weakest high-major college programs in Division I, making the NCAA Tournament only six times before Miles' arrival and losing in the first round all six times. In 2014, Miles coached Nebraska to the tournament, the school's first tournament berth since 1998, but the Cornhuskers lost to Baylor in the first round.[2] After three seasons of single-digit conference wins, Miles guided the team to a 22–11 record in the 2017–18 season, achieving a program record 13 conference wins before falling in the first round of the NIT.[3]

Miles was relieved of his duties as Nebraska head coach on March 26, 2019. [4]

Coaching tree[edit]

Two of Miles' former assistants are currently head coaches at other schools:

Current 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 Division I Round of 64
Colorado State: 71–88 (.447) 28–50 (.359)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Ten) (2012–2019)
2012–13 Nebraska 15–18 5–13 10th
2013–14 Nebraska 19–13 11–7 4th NCAA Division I Round of 64
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 22–11 13–5 T–4th NIT First Round
2018–19 Nebraska 19–17 6–14 13th NIT Second Round
Nebraska: 116–114 (.504) 52–76 (.406)
Total: 399–334 (.544)

      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. ^ http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&SPID=24&SPSID=22
  4. ^ http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=211797299