In the prestigious National Football League (NFL) Les Miles has achieved everything. From playing to coaching to being the head coach, the prominent personality has made his presence in the league felt. Miles has provided his apt coaching services to teams such as the Oklahoma City Cowboys, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Michigan, and also the Dallas Cowboys. His notable achievements include a 38-24 win with the LSU Tigers in the BCS National Championship game against Ohio State. Besides his career, there is so much more to know about the coach. To learn more about him, let’s start with the frequently asked question:
Who is Les Miles?
He was born on November 10, 1953, in Elyria, Ohio, to his parents Bubba, his father, and his mother Martha Miles. Les attended Elyria High School and at that time was remarkable in various sports such as wrestling, baseball, and of course soccer. During high school, Miles received all-state honors as a lineman in soccer, which may have been a great motivator for him.
After high school, he went to the University of Michigan and was soon named Letterman for two years. This was under coach Bo Schembechler, who led the school team between 1974 and 1975. Miles served as an assistant coach in Michigan under Bo Schembechler for two years before moving to the University of Colorado as a coach. He returned to Michigan in 1987 as coach of the offensive series and held this position after Schembechler resigned in 1990 and after coach Gary Moeller was appointed as the new head coach. He also held his second assistant coaching position in Michigan. But Moeller left Michigan in 1955 after he had problems with management. He later became an offensive coordinator in the state of Oklahoma.
In 2001, he was appointed head coach of the state of Oklahoma. Les achieved several victory records with the team and earned much recognition. His second season in Oklahoma was remarkable; the talented coach led his team to a 38-28 win over the Sooners and was named “Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year” by Associated Press in 2002. Miles became the 32nd head coach of the Louisana State University (LSU) soccer team in January 2005 after replacing Nick Saban, who was to coach the Miami Dolphins. With LSU he achieved several victory records. Among his notable successes are victories over Arizona’s No. 15 on September 10, No. 11 in Florida on October 15, No. 16 in Auburn on October 22, and No. 4 in Alabama on November 12.
He led LSU to first place twice in the 2007 regular season and has recorded six wins over six of his opponents. When the regular season ended, Miles led his team to the SEC championship game and won with a 21-14 victory over Tennessee. At the BCS National Championship Game, Miles’ LSU won the Ohio State 38-24, and the renowned coach won his first national championship. The win also marked LSU’s third national championship overall. Miles’ remarkable performance not only attracted national attention but also made him a potential head coach candidate for teams such as Michigan and Kansas. His time with LSU reportedly ended in September 2016 after dismissal by team management.
His Net Worth
Despite the ups and downs, Les Miles has gained much wealth from his remarkable stay at LSU. The American football coach sits on an estimated net worth of $12 million. Miles allegedly earned a whopping $4 million in salary during his time at LSU. Many bonuses were added to his salary.
Personal Life – His Wife, Daughter, Son
Les Miles is a traditional family man and is committed to the values of marriage and living together. The talented coach, who also admits to being a strong Christian, is known for his dedication to his family despite his busy schedule. He is happily married to his longtime wife Kathy Miles and is blessed with four children – two daughters, Kathryn and Macy Grace Miles, and two sons, Lelsie Mathew and Benjamin Miles. Miles and his wife married in 1993 and since then have been together and a role model for younger couples.
Where is He Now?
It was speculated that Miles would become head coach at the University of Kansas in 2018. There were a lot of rumors and speculation about invitations from various teams and even dismissal from office. All of these rumors were neither confirmed nor claimed by the American football coach, which raises the above question. Nevertheless, the renowned coach lives happily with his family in Baton Rouge.