Wanting a challenge and needing a change, Miller took her role as head coach seriously. Picking a team up with 11 guards and two forwards created frustrations, but Miller took them under her wing and helped them all to buy into her new system.
“I work a lot with team bonding and helping to try to develop chemistry. It doesn’t always work the way you want because some parts of team chemistry, you just can’t control. But I’m a firm believer that there are some (players) that you can help cultivate by opportunities that you create off the court,” Miller said.
Fast forwarding to the current season, Miller’s third at Goshen, she is refreshed to have seven new faces on her roster and six returners to make up a “new” and “refreshing” team.
“I have a lot of winners in this group, girls that came from winning programs. I have 13 on my roster and 11 of them came from winning programs. This season alone I have four conference champions, two regional champions, and a state finalist. They come from a good pedigree which will give us some competitive fire,” Miller said.
As the Maple Leafs head into the 2013-14 season hoping to use their youth to their advantage, they do have a lot of ground to cover after their bottom-of-the-barrel finish in last season’s conference standings. Miller however is confident that this beast of burden is not on the shoulders of her team because of their “newness.”
Miller added, “Coming into the program, I felt I had to lay the foundation of what it is to be a winner, regardless of if you are winning. You can prepare like a winner. You can train like a winner. You can hold yourself accountable like a winner. You can treat others well. You can have good chemistry and just be doing all of the things that winners do. Eventually all of those tendencies build a successful program.”