Chris Giles, a former UAB basketball standout, enters his fourth season with UAB. Giles joined the Blazer basketball staff from Jackson State, where he was the program's associate head coach. Giles has always been a proven winner as a player and a coach.
During his basketball career, he has made 10 NCAA and three NIT appearances. In fact, he is the only person at UAB who has been an intregal part of all three UAB Sweet 16 appearances. Giles defeated Kentucky as a coach (2004) and a player (1981) to reach the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. He was also a player on the 1982 Elite Eight team which is considered as the most successful team in UAB school history.
In his most recent tenure with UAB as assistant coach, the team has an overall record of 65-34, which includes a Conference USA regular-season championship in 2004, three straight postseason appearancee - including back-to-back NCAA Tournaments - a victory over Kentucky to reach the 2004 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, an upset of SEC West Champ LSU in the 2005 NCAA Tournament and an appearance in the NIT quarterfinals in 2003.
Giles, who has been in the coaching profession for 18 years, is known for his recruiting ability and his ability to get along with the players. He is regarded as one of the top recruiters in the South region.
Giles was born and raised in Birmingham, Ala. He graduated from Parker High School in 1977. While at Parker, he was a member of the team which won the 1975 4-A state title and a runner-up finish in 1976. As a senior, he was named allmetro, all-city, all-region and city MVP, while leading Parker to a 23-7 overall record. He was also named one of the top 100 players coming out of high school by Street and Smith's Basketball Magazine.
After UAB began the men's basketball program, Giles transferred from Southern Illinois to play under head coach Gene Bartow. While with the Blazers, Giles was the captain of the most successful years in UAB history.
During the 1980-81 season, Giles, a junior, was the co-captain of the team which went 23-9 and made an NCAA tournament Sweet 16 appearance. He finished the season averaging 11 points and seven rebounds per contest, garnering second-team all-conference honors.
As a senior, he led the Blazers to a 25-6 record, a Sun Belt championship and an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. He garnered second-team all-conference honors for a second consecutive season after averaging 10 points and seven rebounds per contest. He was also named to the Sun Belt All-Conference team, to the all tournament team, Player of the Week, Eastern Airlines MVP and team MVP his final two seasons. He finished his career with a record of 4-2 in the NCAA Tournament.
Giles was a a fifth round draft pick by the New Jersey Nets and played for the Wisconsin Flyers of the CBA in the 1982-83 season before deciding to begin his coaching career.
Giles entered the coaching profession as a graduate assistant coach at UAB during the 1983-84 season. Giles served with UAB for three seasons in that capacity. In addition to the last two years as an assistant coach with the Blazers, Giles has helped UAB teams to five NCAA tournament appearances and a six-year record of 138-63.
Giles moved to a full-time assistant coaching position when he followed former UAB assistant coach John Prince to Jackson State University. Giles remained on the staff when Andy Stoglin took over the program in 1989. Giles was promoted to the associate head coach position prior to the 1993-94 season.
While at JSU, Giles helped the team to six Southwest Athletic Conference Tournament Finals, three SWAC championships, three SWAC Tournament Championships, three NCAA Tournaments and an NIT appearance.
Giles earned his bachelor of science in physical education from UAB and his master's of physical education from Jackson State.
He has two children: Chris, 11, and Christina, 8.