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Tim Miles
Tim  Miles

Head Coach

Years at CSU:
Fifth Season


Men's basketball recap: Rams fall to Racers, 58-41

Pierce Hornung led Colorado State with 12 points and matched a career-high with 17 rebounds


Miles: CSU will benefit from experience next time in NCAA

Postgame press-conference transcript


NCAA transcript: Former CSU recruit Poole, Prohm not taking CSU lightly

Racers coach: Half their league is in tournament


NCAA transcript: Rams might be called ankle-biters, but execute well, play hard

Miles, Green, Eikmeier address media in Louisville


Game notes: Rams battle sixth-seeded Racers to open NCAA tournament

CSU, Murray State tip off Thursday at 10:15 a.m. MT


CSU men's basketball vs. No. 17/17 UNLV highlights - 2-29-12

CSU men's basketball vs. No. 17/17 UNLV highlights - 2-21-12


CSU men's basketball vs. Wyoming highlights - 2-18-12

CSU men's basketball vs. Wyoming highlights - 2-18-12


CSU men's basketball vs. No. 13/12 San Diego State highlights - 1-28-12

CSU men's basketball vs. No. 13/12 San Diego State highlights - 1-28-12


CSU men's basketball vs. DU highlights - 1-11-12

CSU men's basketball vs. DU highlights - 1-11-12


CSU men's basketball vs. Nebraska Omaha highlights - 1-7-12

CSU men's basketball vs. Nebraska Omaha highlights - 1-7-12


Colorado State vs. Murray State (AP - 3/15/12)

Pierce Hornung led Colorado State with 12 points and matched a career-high with 17 rebounds.


NCAA Tournament Practice - March 14

Photos from the Rams' March 14 practice in preparation for their second-round NCAA Tournament game against Murray State.


NCAA practice/media day

Day 1 of the NCAA tournament, including media interviews and practice.


Colorado State vs. TCU (AP - 3/8/12)

Colorado State vs. TCU (AP - 3/8/12)


CSU men's basketball at Air Force - 3-3-12

CSU men's basketball at Air Force - 3-3-12

When Tim Miles came to Colorado State University to coach men's basketball he arrived on campus with a winning attitude and a smile. Both are essential to the program Miles is building with the Rams. His personality draws fans and student-athletes alike to him. His attitude is apparent in the feats that sprinkle through his resume.

Despite a pair of injury-plagued seasons to begin his tenure at Colorado State, Miles, his staff, and the team beat the odds time and time again, and have taken the first steps to re-establishing Colorado State men's basketball as a power in the Mountain West, and on a national stage.

In 2007-08, Miles' first year with the program, he led a roster that featured just one returning starter to early season success, including a tournament championship at the BP 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 MW tournament.

His second season at Moby 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 CSU took national power Minnesota, led by Tubby Smith, to the brink of defeat before falling 72-71 at Moby Arena. In addition, the Rams boosted their win column with four conference wins against UNLV, Air Force (twice) and TCU.

The diligence and hard work shown by Miles, his staff, and the student-athletes he has recruited to Colorado State, continued to pay dividends in 2009-10. The Rams came into Miles' third season looking to take the next step, and did not disappoint, finishing tied for fifth in the MW standings and making their first postseason appearance since 2003 with a berth in the 2010 College Basketball Invitational (CBI). CSU closed the season with a 16 wins, marking the most by a Rams' squad since future NBA first-round draft pick Jason Smith led the team to 17 wins in the 2007 season. For his efforts, Miles was selected as the 2010 Mountain West coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.

In 2010-11, Miles' fourth season at the helm at CSU, he guided the program to a 19-13 record, a fourth-place finish in the Mountain West, and a berth in the 2011 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 program history to take the Rams to back-to-back postseason appearances.

Miles' persistence and hard work has not gone unnoticed by Colorado State and Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk. In 2008, Miles was rewarded with a contract extension through the 2012-13 season, and following the 2010-11 season, he was signed to an additional three-year contract extension to keep him on the Moby Arena sidelines through the 2015-16 season.

"Tim is a proven winner," said Kowalczyk. "He's been a winner everywhere he's coached, and has produced at CSU one of the greatest turnarounds in Division I men's basketball. Our reputation and national profile are growing thanks to his talent.

"With Coach Miles at the helm, we are in the process of building a program that will be a model for many years to come, one that is focused on success on and off the court. Tim is a first-class representative of CSU who embodies the values we so readily embrace, while winning games and graduating his student-athletes."

Off the court, Miles believes strongly in academics, family and CSU, and in the fall of 2011 he donated back to CSU and the community by capping the J.J. Williams scholarship endowment 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.

"My job is to come in and establish a winning mentality in our basketball program," Miles said. "That means we're going to win outside hanging out with the students, we're going to win in the classroom when it comes to grades and we're going to win on the basketball floor."

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.

"It is essential that our players realize the value of their education at CSU," Miles said. "Academics are our top priority. We also want to represent this program, this university, and this community in a first-class manner at all times."

With 17 years of experience as a head coach at four institutions, he has compiled a career record of 263-208 that includes three conference championships and three national tournament appearances.

At North Dakota State, Miles earned 16 wins in each of his last five seasons, knocked off No. 8 Marquette and No. 15 Wisconsin both on the road, and finished as one of only two independent programs with a winning record in 2006-07.

He also previously served as the head coach at Southwest Minnesota State University from 1997-2001 and Mayville State University from 1995-97. Miles began his coaching career in 1989 as an assistant at Northern State, where he served from 1989-95.

A native of Doland, S.D., Miles earned his bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Health/Physical Education from the University of Mary in 1989. He went on to earn his master's degree in Health and Physical Science from Northern State in 1990.

Miles, and his wife, Kari, reside in Fort Collins with their daughter Ava, and son Gabriel.

Doland, S.D.

1989 University of Mary B. S. - Elementary Education and Health/Physical Education
1990 Northern State M.A. - Health and Physical Science

Wife, Kari
Daughter, Ava
Son, Gabriel


Year School Record Conf. Rec. Conf. Finish Postseason
1995-96 Mayville State 17-11 10-2 1st NAIA-II
1996-97 Mayville State 18-11 9-3 1st NAIA-II
Two Seasons 35-22 19-5
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 Div. II Elite 8
Four Seasons 78-39 43-17
2001-02 North Dakota State 11-15 5-13 T8th --
2002-03 North Dakota State 20-11 9-7 4th --
2003-04 North Dakota State 16-13 8-6 T3rd --
2004-05 North Dakota State 16-12 -- -- --
2005-06 North Dakota State 16-12 -- -- --
2006-07 North Dakota State 20-8 -- -- --
Six Seasons 99-71 22-26
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 T5th College Basketball Invitational
2010-11 Colorado State 19-13 9-7 4th National Invitation Tournament
Two Seasons 51-76 20-44
Total 263-208 104-92

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

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