Michigan's Stephanie Miller Named Women's Basketball Coach At Goshen College
- Mon, Aug. 1, 2011
GOSHEN, Ind. - Heading into the program's 46th season, Stephanie Miller has been tabbed just the seventh Goshen College Head Women's Basketball Coach at Goshen College, Athletics Director Tim Demant announced Monday.
A 1997 graduate of Michigan State University, Miller has spent the past 12 years as a high school teacher and coach, as well as working camp and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuits.
" We are very excited to be getting someone of Coach Miller's character, drive and experience," Demant explained. "She is a dynamic individual who will not only teach the game of basketball, but also develop her players into women who will make a real difference in our society. This is a great day for Goshen College basketball"
"After spending most of my career in high school basketball, elite AAU programs, as well as in the direction of McCracken women's basketball camps, I was looking for a new type of challenge," Miller said of her decision to join the Maple Leaf program. "The opportunity to direct the Goshen women's basketball program in a new and exciting direction is not only a wonderful fit for me personally, but I believe I can also make a positive impact in the lives of these young student athletes as well."
The majority of Miller's career has been spent at Hill McCloy High School in Montrose (Mich.) where she has held the post of head varsity coach since 2000. She also had a five-year stint as head softball coach, combining to post a .655 winning percentage and coach 15 future collegiate athletes.
Miller has also coached high level AAU basketball for nearly ten years in several age brackets. Her Michigan Spartans 16U team were national runner-ups in 1998 with her teams reaching the state tournament on a total of three occasions. She has also been a camp site director for McCracken Basketball Camps since 1992.
"I am thrilled to join the Goshen family and look forward to the opportunity to be a strong leader of young women. With my background in basketball as well as in education, I believe that I will build a strong foundation for what a student-athlete at Goshen should represent," Miller continued. "My goal is to show continued yearly positive progress and build a program that will not only compete annually in the top of the very competitive MCC (Mid-Central College) Conference, but that can also represent Goshen College in the NAIA National Tournament."
Miller takes over the reigns from Steve Wiktorowski who resigned in May after nine seasons. The Maple Leafs went 93-183 in Wiktorowski's tenure including the program's lone trip to the NAIA National Tournament in 2003-04.
The newest member of the Goshen coaching staff, Miller concluded, "Overall, I couldn't be more excited to get to work with this year's team and make it a great experience for the young women, while continuing to work towards building our future."