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Men's basketball coach Miles signs contract extension

May 19, 2011

Tim Miles, who had led the CSU men's basketball team to back-to-back postseason appearances, signed a contract extension that should keep him in Green and Gold through the 2015-16 season.

CSU men's basketball coach Tim Miles has signed a contract extension.CSU athletic director Paul Kowalczyk has extended the contract of men’s basketball coach Tim Miles through the 2015-16 season. 

“Tim is a proven winner,” said Kowalczyk said Thursday. “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, and the new deal will include a graduated salary that will increase to $750,000 annually, beginning in 2012-13, after an initial increase 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.   

Investment in success

“This is an investment in our program and what we have been building here at CSU for the past four years,” Miles said. “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. 

Steady improvement

Since that time, Miles has led the Rams on a steady climb, including back-to-back postseason appearances – the 2010 College Basketball Invitational and the 2011 National Invitation Tournament – for just the sixth time in program history, joining Jim Williams, Boyd Grant and Stew Morrill as the only coaches in CSU history 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,” Kowalczyk said.  “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.”

'Moby Madness' is back

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 MWC contest.

Contact: Tony Phifer