GOSHEN — Sometimes fate plays a large role in where a coach ends up.
For Goshen College head women’s basketball coach Stephanie Miller, that’s exactly how she landed in her current position.
Coming from Michigan school systems with 13 years of coaching experience under her belt, Miller took the reins over and pulled hard when she took over the Maple Leafs. At a crossroads in her teaching career at the time, fellow McCracken director and former GC men’s basketball Coach Gary Chupp informed Miller of an opening for a coaching position at the collegiate level.
“I got on some sites and started thinking that there were a couple jobs open in the smaller school areas and maybe I’ll try this. I hadn’t even put two resumes in when Gary Chupp called me,” said Miller.
Chupp and Miller go way back, as they have both been coaching at McCracken Basketball Camps in the summers since Miller was 18. Meanwhile their friendship has grown as they are now both directors at the McCracken camps. Because of this friendship, Chupp quickly recommended Miller for the job.
The Goshen College opening couldn’t have come at a better time for Miller, as she was ready for a change and so was Goshen College. She made the trip from Michigan to Goshen to meet to with Tim Demant and couple of the players on the women’s team at the time.
“That first year I came in, my expectation was that I would have to clean up a lot. It hadn’t been a very competitive program in the previous years and that was part of the reason that I chose to come to Goshen. If I was going to do it I was going to build the program from the ground up, my way,” said Miller.