Leon Douglas, the former two-time All-American at Alabama, has been named head coach at Miles College, it was announced Thursday.
“Coach Douglas has proven himself at the highest level of basketball as a player and a coach,” athletic director Phillip Wallace Jr. said.
Douglas earned a bachelor of science degree in social work from Alabama in 1976 and during his Crimson Tide basketball career was a four-time All-SEC selection, the first Alabama player to achieve this distinction since Jerry Harper earned it in 1953-56.
“I am looking forward to the challenge and also looking forward to being in the talent rich Birmingham [Alabama] area where we can keep the talent at home rather than going elsewhere,” Douglas said.
Prior to coming to Miles, Douglas led Tuskegee from 2006-14. Last season he led the Golden Tigers to unprecedented success as his team were champions of the South Region and advanced to the national quarterfinals, the furthest an SIAC school has ever gone in the NCAA Division II basketball tournament.
“We are going to bring an exciting brand of basketball to Miles College,” Douglas said. “Our teams are going to be well-conditioned, defensive-orientated and run an up-tempo, old-school style of basketball.”
In 2010, Tuskegee won the SIAC tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA playoffs. It finished the season with a 20-11 record.
Prior to joining Tuskegee, Douglas spent the 2004-06 seasons coaching at Stillman in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he led the Tigers to the 2005-06 SIAC tournament championship, advancing to the NCAA DII basketball tournament.
“I have always been part of the community even when I was at Tuskegee,” Douglas said. “I have always been able to come in and engage with the area high school coaches. Now instead of driving two-and-a-half hours all I have to drive is 10 minutes. It’s great to be back in this community.”
Douglas was a member of the Gold Medal 1976 United States Pan American Team that played in Mexico City. A player of distinction, Douglas was Alabama’s first first-round NBA draft pick, selected fourth overall by the Detroit Pistons in 1976. Douglas played four years with the Pistons and then joined the Kansas City Kings from 1980 to ’83. Douglas’ stellar career led him to being inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.