Les Miles Biography
Les Miles is an American football coach who is the head football coach at the University of Kansas. His head coaching career began with the Oklahoma State Cowboys, where he coached from 2001 to 2004. Following that, he coached LSU from 2005 to 2016. Miles is nicknamed “The Hat” for his signature white cap, as well as “The Mad Hatter” for his eccentricities and play-calling habits.
Previously he was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State as well as at the University of Michigan, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). Miles led the 2007 LSU Tigers football team to a win in the BCS National Championship Game, defeating Ohio State.
Les Miles Age
Leslie Edwin Miles was born in Elyria, Ohio United States on November 10, 1953. He is 65 years as of 2018.
Les Miles Family
Leslie Edwin Miles was born to Bubba, a long-haul trucking broker, and Martha Miles. He earned all-state honors as a lineman in football as well as letters in baseball and wrestling at Elyria High School in Ohio, graduating in 1972. He attended the University of Michigan where he was a two-year letterman under head coach Bo Schembechler from 1974 to 1975.
Les Miles Wife
Miles is married to Kathy Miles. They got married in 1993, and together they have four children. ESPN has positively cited him for the balance he maintains between his role as a head football coach and his role as husband and father. He is also involved in churches with his family and has described himself as a “strong Christian.” LSU Lady Tigers gymnast, Lloimincia Hall, incorporated the famous ‘Les Clap’ hand gesture into her floor routine choreography.
In 2018, Miles was also featured in Dos Equis’ “Keep It Interesante” campaign, showcasing Miles’ affinity for playing field grass.
Les Miles Coaching Career
In 1980, Miles returned to Michigan as an assistant coach to his former coach, Bo Schembechler. In 1982, he left Michigan to coach at the University of Colorado, where fellow Michigan assistant Bill McCartney had just been named head coach. Coincidentally, one of his fellow assistants on the Colorado staff was another future LSU head coach, Gerry DiNardo, who coached at LSU from 1995 to 1999.
In 1987, Miles returned to Michigan, which was still being coached by Schembechler, as the offensive line coach. After Schembechler’s retirement in 1990, Miles continued as offensive line coach under new head coach Gary Moeller. While Miles was a coaching assistant at Michigan, the Wolverines had eight consecutive winning seasons and bowl appearances, including four Rose Bowl appearances.
In 1995, Moeller was forced to resign for non-football related reasons. At the same time, Miles had a rift with the University of Michigan, forcing him to seek employment elsewhere. He then accepted a promotion to offensive coordinator on former Colorado assistant Bob Simmons’s staff at Oklahoma State. During 1998 through 2000 seasons, he was the tight ends coach for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys under head coaches Chan Gailey (1998–99) and Dave Campo (2000).
In 2001, Miles returned to Oklahoma State as the head coach. In the three years prior to Miles’s arrival in Stillwater, the Cowboys finished 5–6, 5–6, and 3–8. Oklahoma State posted another losing record (4–7) in Miles’s first season at the helm. Subsequently, they achieved winning records during each of the following three seasons – 8–5, 9–4, and 7–5, respectively. His last three seasons at Oklahoma State ended in invitations to the Houston, Cotton, and Alamo Bowls, respectively.
During the last game of Miles’s first season as head coach, Oklahoma State faced #4 Oklahoma. Despite the fact that Oklahoma State was facing Oklahoma on the road, Miles led his team to a 16–13 upset victory over the Sooners.
During Miles’s second season, Oklahoma State again ended the regular season with a game against #3 Oklahoma. Yet again, Miles led his team to a 38–28 upset victory over the Sooners. As a result of his team’s performance during his second year, he was named the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year by the Associated Press in 2002.
Les Miles LSU
On January 2, 2005, Miles was named as the 32nd head football coach of Louisiana State University. He replaced Nick Saban, who had left LSU to take over the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League. In August 2005, days before Miles was to make his first appearance as the coach of LSU, Hurricane Katrina struck southern Louisiana. LSU’s first game, a home game against North Texas, was postponed until later in the season.
The Tigers’ second game, which was against Arizona State, was moved from Baton Rouge to Tempe because the LSU campus was still serving as an emergency center for Hurricane Katrina relief. The conference opener against the University of Tennessee was also delayed, this time because of Hurricane Rita.
In Miles first season as head coach, LSU won the 2005 SEC Western Division title with a 10–1 regular season record – including wins over #15 Arizona State on September 10, #11 Florida on October 15, #16 Auburn on October 22, and #4 Alabama on November 12. LSU’s only regular-season loss was upset at home to #10 Tennessee on September 26. Miles finished his first season at LSU with an 11–2 record, a #6 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and a #5 ranking in the AP Poll.
In 2007, Les Miles gained national attention due to numerous unconventional play calls during nationally televised games. LSU was ranked #1 twice during the regular season, but lost at #17 Kentucky in triple overtime by a score of 43–37 before losing its final regular-season game at home to unranked Arkansas 50–48, also in triple overtime. As of the end of the 2007 regular season, which featured victories over six different coaches with national championships, Miles’s record as head coach at LSU was 34–6.
Coincidentally, the 2007 regular season also ended with a loss to Arkansas in a game marked by several of Miles’ hallmark unconventional calls. Despite the loss, LSU would go on to the SEC championship game. On the day of the SEC championship game, Kirk Herbstreit wrongly reported on ESPN’s College GameDay that Les Miles had accepted an offer to succeed Lloyd Carr as the head coach at Michigan.
Despite the media distractions, LSU won the 2007 SEC title, beating Tennessee 21–14. The night of LSU’s SEC title victory, the teams then ranked #1 (Missouri) and #2 (West Virginia) both lost, allowing LSU to be ranked #2 in the AP, Coaches, Harris and BCS polls. LSU beat Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game 38–24, giving Miles his first national championship and LSU it’s third overall.
On November 18, 2018, Miles was hired as head coach at Kansas. He signed a 5-year, $13.8 million contracts.
Throughout the 2007 season, there was speculation that Miles would be a top candidate for the University of Michigan head coaching position if it became available. On the day of the SEC championship game, Kirk Herbstreit incorrectly reported on ESPN’s College GameDay that Miles had accepted an offer to succeed Lloyd Carr as the head coach at the University of Michigan. LSU officials quickly responded to Herbstreit’s announcement and confirmed that Les Miles would not be taking the Michigan position and would be staying at LSU.
The speculation resurfaced two weeks later when The Detroit Free Press reported that Michigan athletic director Bill Martin and university president Mary Sue Coleman spoke with Miles directly over the phone a few days after he signed a contract extension with LSU. In response to the report, Miles issued a statement acknowledging the conversation but claimed that he was merely offering advice and assistance to Martin on Michigan’s search and that he is not a candidate for the vacancy.
Miles reaffirmed his commitment to stay at LSU, declaring “I’m going to be the coach at LSU next season.” Any remaining speculation that Miles would still consider the job ended on December 16, 2007, when West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez accepted the head coaching job at Michigan.
In September 2013, Sports Illustrated published a progression of articles as part of an examination of his residency at Oklahoma State from 2001 to 2005. The arrangement asserted Oklahoma State utilized a reward framework for players, organized by then-aide mentor Joe DeForest, alongside direct installments and no-show or hoax employments including supporters.
Miles was blamed for expelling scholastic guidelines to the point of players playing who were generally scholastically ineligible, including having their school work done by supposed coaches and other school faculty. Bits of gossip likewise affirmed that the staff endured across the board medication maltreatment among the players by utilizing a hoax medication directing project and particular medication authorization.
No proof connected Miles to any bad behavior during his time as head mentor at OSU and he denied the allegations. Sports Illustrated was later condemned for its absence of substantive proof outside of meetings with disappointed previous players.
Les Miles Net Worth|Salary
Les is an American college football coach and a former player. He has been a competent coach and a responsible father and husband who has an estimated net worth of $13 million. Also, he receives a salary of around $4 Million. Miles brings a reputation as someone who can turn around a program, as well as a national championship. KU said Miles signed a five-year contract that pays $2.775 million a year, with retention bonuses in 2020 and 2022.
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