In the prestigious National Football League (NFL), Les Miles has done it all. From playing to coaching and being a head coach, the prominent figure has had his presence duly felt in the league. Miles has rendered his apt coaching services to teams like the Oklahoma City Cowboys, the University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Michigan and also the Dallas Cowboys. One of his remarkable records includes his 38-24 victory with the LSU Tigers at the BCS National Championship game against Ohio State. There is so much more to know about the coach apart from his career. To find out more about him we will be starting 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 Martha Miles his mother. Les attended Elyria High School and was notable in different sports including wrestling, baseball and of course football at the time. While in high school Miles received all-state honors as a lineman in football which may have been a great motivating factor for him.
After his high school, he proceeded to the University of Michigan and soon became a two-year letterman. This was under coach Bo Schembechler who headed the school team between 1974 and 1975. Miles served as an assistant coach in Michigan for two years under Bo Schembechler before proceeding to coach at the University of Colorado. He went back to Michigan in 1987 as an offensive line coach and held the position even after the retirement of Schembechler in 1990 and after Coach Gary Moeller was made the new head coach. He also held his second job as a coaching assistant at Michigan. But Miles left Michigan in 1955 after he had issues with the management. He later became an offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.
He was made the head coach at Oklahoma State in 2001. Les achieved several winning records with the team and earned himself lots of recognition. His second season at Oklahoma was remarkable; the talented coach led his team to a 38-28 victory over the Sooners and earned the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year title by Associated Press in 2002. Miles became the 32nd head coach for the Louisana State University (LSU) football team in January 2005 after he replaced Nick Saban who left to coach the Miami Dolphins. He made several winning records with LSU. His wins over #15 Arizona State on September 10, #11 Florida on October 15, #16 Auburn on October 22, and #4 Alabama on November 12 were some of his remarkable records.
He led LSU to the number one spot two times in the 2007 regular season and recorded victories over six of his counterparts in the game. When the regular season came to an end, 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 Ohio State with 38-24 and the renowned coach got his first national championship. The victory also meant a third overall national championship for LSU. Miles’ remarkable feat not only drew national attention but also projected him as the possible head coach candidate from teams like Michigan and Kansas. His time with LSU reportedly came to an end in September 2016 following reports of a dismissal by the team management.
His Net Worth
Despite the ups and downs, Les Miles garnered a lot of wealth from his remarkable stay at LSU. The American football coach sits on an estimated net worth of $12 million. Miles reportedly earned a whopping $4 million as salary during his time at LSU. He also had lots of bonuses added to his pay.
Personal Life – His Wife, Daughter, Son
Les Miles is a traditional family man and upholds the values of marriage and togetherness. The talented coach who also admits to being a strong Christian is known for his dedication to his family despite his busy work schedules. He is happily married to his wife of so many years, 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 got married in 1993 and have been together since then, becoming a model for younger couples.
Where is He Now?
It was speculated in 2018 that Miles will become the head coach at Kansas University, he has had a fair share of rumors and speculations revolving around invitations from different teams and even a dismissal from office. All these have not been confirmed or asserted to by the American football coach giving rise to the aforementioned question. But regardless, the renowned coach is living happily with his family in Baton Rouge.