BY RYAN DEAL, email@example.com
4:05 AM EDT, March 27, 2012
When Ndamukong Suh speaks, apparently the Cornhuskers listen.
The former Nebraska All-American and current Detroit Lions defensive tackle put in his two cents about who the Cornhuskers should hire as their new men's basketball coach.
"A mutual friend calls me and says 'Ndamukong Suh is going to call you,'" new Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. "Fifteen minutes later, the phone rings. 'Coach, listen, I've heard great things about you. I'd love to see you as the coach at Nebraska.' We start talking and we talk about 20 minutes."
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Suh later called former Nebraska football coach and current athletic director Tom Osborne to recommend Miles for the job.
"It worked great," Miles joked.
The Doland native and former Northern State assistant was recently named the 27th coach of the University of Nebraska men's basketball coach. Miles will take over a struggling Nebraska program that hasn't won a share of a conference championship since 1950 or played in the NCAA tournament since 1998. The Huskers have never won a game in six NCAA appearances.
"The challenges are simple," Miles said, during a telephone interview with the American News. "It is Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State. How far do I have to go to get to us? It is such a highly competitive conference."
Miles, 45, also mentioned such coaches as Bo Ryan and Tom Izzo for making the Big Ten Conference one of the best in Division I. Miles is obviously not as well known as those coaches, but the former Doland Wheeler has been on the rise in coaching circles in the past several years.
"Tim Miles is an ideal fit to lead our men's basketball program at Nebraska," Osborne said in a press release. "He has built successful programs at four schools at different levels of college basketball. Tim is from this part of the country, has recruited the Midwest and will relate well to our players, prospective recruits and our fans."
Miles joins Nebraska after five seasons as the head coach at Colorado State. This past season, Miles led the Rams to 20 victories and their first NCAA Tournament berth in nine seasons. The Rams lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Murray State.
Miles brings 17 years of head coaching experience to Lincoln. In addition to Colorado State, he was the head coach at Mayville State, Southwest Minnesota State and North Dakota State.
"A guy like me is not going to get many cracks," Miles said. "So when you do it, you better do it as well as you can and we intend to give this a run and get Nebraska up and running in the Big Ten Conference."
Miles was named the coach of the Huskers this past Friday and he was formally introduced on Saturday at a press conference in Lincoln. He said the past few days have been "part exhilarating, part gut-wrenching."
"An emotional time, because you are leaving a great bunch of guys that performed so well and were so fun and were so invested in," Miles said, "but it is exhilarating because you have a chance to be a part of the Big Ten at one of the finest schools and athletic departments around."
He will also be closer to home. His parents, Tip and Alice, live in Sioux Falls now and were there for his introductory press conference. His wife Kari, whose maiden name is Johnson, is originally from Aberdeen. Kari was an Aberdeen Central and Northern State graduate. She was an NAIA All-American in 1990 in the 600-yard run when she finished sixth at the national indoor meet in Kansas City, Mo. Her parents Daniel and Velda Johnson now live in Watertown.
Miles earned his bachelor's degree in elementary education and health/physical education from the University of Mary in 1989. He earned a master's degree from Northern State in 1990. He then served as an assistant coach for the Wolves until 1995 for Bob Olson.
Miles pointed to Olson, Dr. Jim Kretchman and former NSU player Todd Jordre as people who had an influence in his coaching career.
"Todd Jordre helped me break into the business," Miles said. "He was a guy that took me under his wing right away and showed me how to do things. Coach Olson was such a good coach. Bob was so great. I worked individually with coach Kretchman because I was director of player development. I can't tell you how much I learned from Jim Kretchman.
"Working with Tom Osborne reminds me of working for Jim Kretchman. They are just so much alike in their way and their values and their philosophy. It is really cool to be a part of that again. Makes me feel like I'm right back at Northern."
PC spring football
The Presentation College football team will kick off its spring workouts with the first annual Saints Lift-a-Thon Fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday in the Strode Center.
The first-year fundraiser marks the end of winter workouts for the student-athletes. They will begin spring practice on April 2.
The Lift-a-Thon is free and open to the public, and complimentary food and beverages will be served following the event.
Funds raised from the event will be used to maintain the essential elements necessary to run a competitive Division III football program, and the goal this year is to raise $5,000.
The football program would like to invite individuals or businesses to consider contributing to help reach the goal. Pledges can be made on a per-pound or flat-dollar rate donation. All donations are tax deductible and go directly to the football program.
For more information or to donate, contact head coach Andy Carr at (605) 229-8576 or andrew.carr@ presentation.edu.
From staff reports
NSIC Winter All-Academic
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has announced its All-Academic Teams for the 2011-12 winter athletic season.
To be eligible for this honor, the student-athlete must be a member of the varsity traveling team and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher. Furthermore, the athlete must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at her/his institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible athletic transfers are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution.
The Northern State honorees include: (men's basketball) Jared Hannigan, Tydan Storrusten, Alex Thomas, Jeff Tobin and Trent Zomer; (women's basketball) Mikayla Barondeau, Emily Becken, Yvonne Freese, Jenna Higgins, Sarah Hintz, Katrina Kjerstad, Rachel Krogman and Alison Kusler; (men's indoor track and field) Jacob Arechigo, Luke Hauert, Richard Keroack, Nick Kranz and Jayce Seelig; (women's indoor track and field) Brittany Arment, Lindsey Fluharty, Maria Franker, Theresa Knapp, Makayla Perryman and Jill Schaefer; (wrestling) Chad Gibson, Blake Lundgren and Ian Muirhead.
From staff reports
Wolters honorable mention
South Dakota State's Nate Wolters and Oral Roberts' Dominique Morrison were named Associated Press All-America honorable mention team, giving The Summit League its highest number selections since 1985.
Wolters finished one assist shy of becoming just the fifth player in NCAA history to average 20 points, six assists and five rebounds per game in a single season. He led The Summit League with 5.9 assists per game, ranking 19th nationally, and was second in the league in scoring (21.2 ppg) while placing eighth in the NCAA rankings. Wolters earned MVP honors at The Summit League Basketball Championship after leading South Dakota State to its first league title and NCAA Tournament appearance.
Morrison, The Summit League Player of the Year, averaged 19.8 points per game this season, fifth-best in The Summit League and 19th nationally. He recorded 16 20-point scoring performances and led Oral Roberts to the league's regular season title with a 17-1 record.
The Summit League last placed multiple players on the AP All-America list during the 1984-85 season when Eastern Illinois' Jon Collins, Northern Iowa's Randy Kraayenbrink and Cleveland State's Clinton Ransey and Clinton Smith were honored.
From staff reports
· Augustana College's Cody Schilling and Bemidji State's James Ellisor helped the West defeat the East 120-110 in the Reese's Division II All-Star Game this past Friday. Schilling scored 11 points, went 5-of-9 from the field, handed out two assists and had two steals in 20 minutes of action. Ellisor scored nine points, went 4-for-6 from the field and collected six rebounds in 13 minutes. Ellisor was recently named the Daktronics Division II Men's Basketball National Player of the Year.
· Warner's Emily Kay will play basketball for the North Dakota State College of Science women's basketball team next season.
· Minnesota State, Mankato softball coach Lori Meyer earned her 900th and 901st career wins at Minnesota State with a sweep over Bemidji State this past weekend.
· Gary Holquist, the University of Minnesota-Duluth men's basketball coach for the past 14 years, has stepped down from that position to become the new director of development for UMD athletics. In 14 seasons at the head coaching helm, Holquist amassed a 206-197 overall record.
· Aberdeen Central graduate Michael Margolies is a junior on the St. Cloud State men's tennis team.
· Mayville State athletic director Mike Moore has announced the head men's basketball coach Justin Johnson will not return for the 2012-2013 men's basketball season. Johnson had been head coach of the Comets for five seasons, and compiled a record of 54-88 during that time. The search for a new head men's basketball coach will begin soon. Moore plans to have the position filled by the middle of April.
· All eight of the head baseball coaches from UMAC member schools will come together for a half hour-long chat session at 11 a.m. Thursday. The chat session will give fans an opportunity to interact with the head coaches as each team prepares for their upcoming UMAC slate of games, which will begin on Friday.
· Head softball coaches from all eight UMAC member schools will come together for a half hour-long chat session at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The chat session will give fans an opportunity to interact with the head coaches as each team prepares for their upcoming UMAC slate of games, which will begin this weekend.
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