Former University of Kansas Guard Enjoyed 10 Year Career in NBA G League and Overseas
SANTA CRUZ, CA – The Santa Cruz Warriors have named Aaron Miles as the team’s head coach, it was announced today. The University of Kansas product and all-time Big 12 assists leader becomes the third head coach in Santa Cruz history.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to introduce Aaron Miles as the new head coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors,” said General Manager Kent Lacob. “Aaron has stood out as a leader at every stop in his playing career and as a collegiate assistant coach. We are confident that he will be a tremendous fit for our team and our organization as we look toward the 2017-18 season and beyond.”
Miles, 34, most recently served as an assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast University, helping the Eagles to a 26-8 record, the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship and a berth in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Miles previously served on Bill Self’s staff at the University of Kansas during the 2015-16 season as assistant director of student-athlete development.
“As a player and as a member of my coaching staff, Aaron Miles has proven himself as a leader both on and off the court,” said University of Kansas Men’s Basketball Head Coach Bill Self. “I’m confident Aaron will distinguish himself as a terrific head coach in the NBA G League and wish him the very best in Santa Cruz.”
Miles enjoyed an illustrious playing career at the University of Kansas, where he led the Jayhawks to a 110-28 record and back-to-back NCAA Tournament Final Four appearances in 2002 and 2003. The 6’1” guard played four seasons under coaches Roy Williams and Bill Self, owning career averages of 8.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists while setting the University of Kansas and Big 12 record for career assists with 954 (eighth-most in NCAA history).
“I’m really excited to join the Warriors organization and to become part of the Santa Cruz community that has supported the team through 31 consecutive home sellouts,” said Miles. “I look forward to building upon the success of the organization’s first five seasons into one of the NBA G League’s model franchises.”
A native of Portland, Oregon, Miles appeared in 19 games with the Golden State Warriors during the 2005-06 season and later appeared with the Fort Worth Flyers and Reno Bighorns of the NBA G League. Miles also spent eight years playing internationally, including a three-year stint in Russia’s VTB United League, where he helped BC Krasmye Krylya win the 2012 and 2013 Russian Cups and was named the 2013 Russian Cup MVP. His previous international stops also include seasons with Panionios BC (2008-09) and Aris BC (2009-10) in the Greek Basket League, Cajasol Sevilla (2007-08) in the Spanish League Caja ACB, and with Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (2006-07) in the French League LNB Pro A, where he won the French Basketball Cup Championship.
“Aaron has tremendous experience and basketball knowledge to share with our players and fans,” said Warriors President Chris Murphy. “I believe he will be a terrific ambassador for the Santa Cruz Warriors organization and an exemplary member of the Santa Cruz community.”
For images of Aaron Miles last season as Florida Gulf Coast University Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach and as a player at the University of Kansas, click here. For video highlights of Miles at the University of Kansas, click here.
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