Former Kansas point guard Aaron Miles, who got a crack at the NBA and spent eight years playing overseas and later coaching on KU coach Bill Self’s staff, officially was named the head coach of the NBA G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors on Wednesday.
Miles, the 2005 KU graduate who remains the program’s and the Big 12’s all-time leader in assists, joins the Golden State Warriors’ G League affiliate after a successful run as a full-time assistant to former KU aide Joe Dooley at Florida Gulf Coast.
“This is truly a bittersweet situation,” Miles wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “While I am extremely honored and humbled to be joining the Warriors great organization, my family and I have grown fond of the Florida Gulf Coast and (southwest) Florida community. Even though we were only here a short time, we will always cherish the relationships we’ve developed this past year in Fort Myers.”
Miles, his wife, Mikki, and their four sons will move to the Santa Cruz area immediately, where Miles will take over a team that, like its NBA counterpart, has enjoyed success in the past several years, winning a title during the 2014-15 season.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to introduce Aaron Miles as the new head coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors,” Golden State general manager Kent Lacob said in a release. “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.”
Warriors President Chris Murphy echoed similar sentiments about the 34-year-old Miles’ readiness for this opportunity: “Aaron has tremendous experience and basketball knowledge to share with our players and fans. I believe he will be a terrific ambassador for the Santa Cruz Warriors organization and an exemplary member of the Santa Cruz community.”