CSU, Miles agree to contract extension
May 19, 2011
By Danny Mattie
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State Director of Athletics Paul Kowalczyk announced Thursday that men’s basketball Head Coach Tim Miles has signed a contract extension that will keep the Rams’ mentor in Fort Collins through 2016.
“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.”
Miles’ previous contract, which was set to expire in 2013, has been extended three years, through the 2015-16 season, and the new deal will include a graduated salary that will increase to $750,000 annually, beginning in 2012-13, after an initial bump to $585,000 that will go into effect July 1. The agreement also includes a $250,000 longevity incentive for Miles to stay at CSU through the length of the extension.
“This is an investment in our program and what we have been building here at CSU for the past four years,” said Miles. “I’m humbled by the commitment shown by the athletic department and the university to improve our athletic and academic facilities over the last two years. Our program has made tremendous strides, but we know that we have not yet accomplished our ultimate goal, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to see that vision through at Colorado State.”
Miles, who on March 22, 2007, became the first CSU head coach hired by Kowalczyk, received an initial contract extension on Sept. 10, 2008.
Since that time, Miles has led the Rams on a steady rise, including back-to-back postseason appearances – the 2010 CBI and the 2011 NIT – for just the sixth time in program history, putting himself in the company of Jim Williams, Boyd Grant and Stew Morrill as the only coaches in CSU annals with multiple postseason berths on their résumés.
“Tim has demonstrated his ability to lead our men’s basketball team where we want it to go – conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances,” added Kowalczyk. “He has the values and integrity that make him a perfect fit at CSU, and we are extremely pleased to be able to keep a coach of his caliber on the sidelines at Moby Arena for a long time.”
On Miles’ watch, the Rams’ RPI has steadily improved from year to year, increasing by an average of 71 spots in each of the last three seasons. The Rams’ climb from an RPI of 273 at the end of Miles’ first season to their 62 following 2010-11 represents the fifth-best improvement nationally over that span behind Princeton (287), Harvard (265), Long Beach State (239) and St. Peter’s (219). CSU’s RPI peaked at No. 38 in mid-February last season, putting the program in the hunt for an NCAA tournament berth throughout the conference slate.
The Rams, just three years removed from a 7-25 campaign in which Miles inherited a roster with only two players with Division I playing experience and just one returning letterwinner, posted 19 wins in 2011, the most for CSU since 2002-03, tying for the seventh highest win total in the history of a program that dates back to 1902.
Miles’ improvements haven’t gone unnoticed by the fans of CSU basketball, as the madness was restored at Moby Arena in 2010-11, resulting in two sellout crowds, Jan. 22 vs. BYU and Feb. 2 vs. San Diego State, and the highest average attendance (4,880) since the 1999-2000 season, including 6,156 fans per contest in Mountain West action.
In fact, CSU posted the nation’s eighth-best attendance improvement. The Rams increased their average by 1,487 fans, compared with 2009-10.
“Tim Miles has done an exceptional job of bringing energy and passion back to Rams men’s basketball,” said CSU President Dr. Tony Frank. “He fits with CSU’s commitment to win – and to graduate student-athletes who will contribute off the court as well. We’re glad he’ll be part of Rams Athletics and CSU for many years to come.”
Miles’ new contract will also include academically related incentives, a welcomed inclusion, as the team’s progress on the court has mirrored its success in the classroom.
After taking over a program facing academic sanctions from the NCAA, Miles and the Rams have received recognition from the NCAA for their improvement in multi-year APR scores since that time. The program received a perfect 1,000 score in 2009-10.