Head Coach Adam Hiatt concluded his fifth season at the helm of the Montana Tech men’s basketball program this spring.
Over his first five years with the program, the Orediggers have grown into a conference and national contender. This past season was another great year. The 2020-21 Montana Tech Oredigger men’s basketball team tied a school record for most conference wins in a season and posted their first top 3 finish in over two decades. For their efforts, Tech Hoops hosted another first round playoff game for the second consecutive year, a milestone that had not been accomplished since the 1990s.
Statistically, the 2020-21 team was the best defensive team in the Frontier Conference, allowing the fewest points per possession, the lowest defensive field goal percentage, created the most turnovers, and allowed the lowest percentage of possessions scored against. Additionally, the Diggers posted the 2nd highest offensive field goal percentage, and were the second highest scoring offense in the conference.
The 2019-20 Oredigger basketball team beat the University of Montana in Missoula for the first time since 1945, stunning the perennial Big Sky Conference champion, and securing the first NCAA Division I victory in program history. Not to be outdone, the Diggers also defeated the No. 3, No. 8, and No. 17 ranked NAIA teams in the country.
2019-20 also saw several milestones, including the most overall wins, the most conference wins (broken this season), the first conference winning record, the first time beating every conference opponent, and back-to-back winning seasons for the first time over two decades. Coach Hiatt was named the HoopDirt.com NAIA national coach of the week in February 2020, and was a finalist for national coach of the year.
Before Montana Tech, Coach Hiatt was the head coach at former Frontier Conference member Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. While with the Griffins, Hiatt finished fourth all-time in total victories and third in winning percentage. The Griffins continually finished near the top of the Frontier Conference and were regular NAIA National Tournament participants. Over the course of Hiatt’s coaching tenure at Westminster, the Griffins posted an overall record of 151-68 (.690). Hiatt began his coaching career at the University of Idaho as an assistant on George Pfeifer’s staff.
As a head coach, Hiatt’s programs have produced 21 All-Conference selections, 9 All-Americans, 60 Academic All-Conference performers, and 27 Daktronic-NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Originally from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Hiatt played two seasons at Ricks College where he was a two-time All-Conference (Region XVIII) performer. He played his final two seasons for current University of Utah Associate Head Coach Tommy Connor at Westminster, earning NAIA All-American honors both seasons, and led the Griffins to two consecutive conference championships. In 2003-04, he was the Frontier Conference scoring champion (21.9 ppg). Hiatt holds the all-time career scoring and single season scoring records at Westminster. Over the course of his four-year college career, he scored 2,270 points.
Coach Hiatt has been married to his wife Jenica for sixteen years. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Addelei and Clara, and three sons, Jaxon, Reddic, and Mitchell.
Tyler Miller is the program’s lead assistant coach after spending the previous six seasons at NCAA Division I member, University of Central Arkansas of the Southland Conference.
During his time as an assistant coach in Conway, Arkansas, Miller helped lead UCA to their first winning season in over a decade in 2018. He also coached eight all-conference performers, including the conference Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and three all-defensive team honorees.
A native of Chandler, Arizona, Miller was an outstanding high school player at Chandler-Basha High School, where he was a four-time All-Arizona Republic player, before beginning his collegiate career at Western Colorado University in 2009-10. He finished his basketball career at the Montana Western in Dillon. Miller, a three-year starter, helped his team to 67 wins, a conference championship, and two NAIA National Tournaments, including an Elite 8 appearance in 2013. He scored 768 points, grabbed 390 rebounds and dished out 117 assists during his career in the Frontier Conference.
In addition, Miller made the Frontier Conference Academic All-Conference Team all three years and was a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete two times. Miller graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014 from Montana-Western. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Information Technologies. Miller earned his master’s degree in Instructional Technologies at University Central Arkansas.