Milt Wagner won championships at the prep, collegiate and professional levels as a player. He has continued his run of excellence in the coaching ranks.
Wagner has helped UTEP to back-to-back CBI appearances and a total of 42 wins over the last two years. The Miners had a pair of All-Conference USA players last season in guards Stefon Jackson, the league's all-time leading scorer, and Randy Culpepper, the most prolific three-point shooter in UTEP annals. Additionally, forward Arnett Moultrie earned a spot on the C-USA All-Freshman Team.
Wagner came to UTEP after serving as Coordinator of Basketball Operations at Memphis for six seasons. While at Memphis, Wagner worked with Tony Barbee and was a part of the school's run to 148 victories and six straight postseason tournament appearances, including the Elite Eight of the 2006 NCAAs. Memphis also captured the NIT crown in 2002, Wagner's second year on staff. His duties with the Tigers included arranging travel plans, practice times and film exchange.
Wagner starred as a collegian at the University of Louisville, directing the Cardinals to three Final Four berths and the 1986 NCAA championship. Louisville went 113-32 with Wagner on the roster, claiming three Metro Conference regular season titles and two tournament crowns.
Wagner still ranks fifth in Louisville history with 1,836 career points, and his jersey has been retired by the school. He was a three-time All-Metro Conference honoree, playing in 144 games for the Cardinals with 111 starts. In 1993, he was one of 10 Louisville players appointed to Rally's U of L Dream Team.
Wagner was chosen by Dallas in the second round of the 1986 NBA Draft, and went on to win a world championship as a member of the 1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers. He enjoyed a lengthy pro career. Wagner spent one season with the Miami Heat (1990-91) and also played in the CBA, as well as Israel and Europe.
Wagner led Camden High School in his hometown of Camden, N.J. to a state title.
He and his wife, Jan, have a daughter, Janay Elise. Wagner also has a son, Dajuan, a 2002 NBA Draft lottery pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and two daughters, Munirah and Dashonda. He earned his bachelor's degree in Sports Communication from Memphis in 2004.