1000 wins for Oregon Tech Coach Danny Miles

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, February 3 2014 at 3:42 PM, Updated: Mon, February 3 2014 at 11:14 PM

Klamath Falls, Ore. -- 1000 wins, Oregon Tech Men's basketball coach Danny Miles hit that magic milestone Saturday night.

1000 wins is a remarkable achievement.

But coach Danny Miles says he isn't done just yet...

"I love coaching - and I'm probably going to coach two to four more years, depending on my health and that type of thing. And I want to make sure I leave before the administration gives me an apple and a roadmap."

"I have no apple, and no roadmap." Reassured O.I.T. President Chris Maples. "What I have is the hope that Danny will stay as long as he wants to stay."

A 71 to 51 win over Corban in Salem Saturday night secured the 1000th win for Miles.

"Congratulations, Danny!" Says Congressman Greg Walden. "Terrific job with terrific teams over the years - but it takes a terrific leader, and you're that leader. Congratulations, you're making us all proud throughout Oregon."

"Congratulations, obviously, Danny." Adds Klamath Falls Mayor Todd Kellstrom. "I hope many more for you. And thank you for what you have done for the city of Klamath Falls, and O.I.T."

Miles has also created a championship pattern over the past decade - and that pattern may hold a clue to the next goal for coach Miles...

"2016 is kind of a special year." Notes Miles. "I mean, we won it in '04, '08, and '12 - and maybe the magic will happen again."

But for Oregon Tech fans, every year with Danny Miles has been magic.

Harry Statham of McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois is the only other men's basketball coach at a four year college to win more than 1000 games.

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Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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