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2020 40 Under 40: Molly Miller, 34

Women's Basketball Head Coach, Grand Canyon University

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After a successful career playing and coaching basketball at her alma mater, Drury University, Molly Miller is on the move.

Miller is the new head women’s basketball coach of Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. She accepted the position in April at the Division I school.

As head coach of the Drury Lady Panthers for six seasons, Miller compiled a 180-17 record – making her the winningest active coach with at least five years of experience – in all levels of the NCAA.

“Springfield has been my home for 34 years and I could not have picked a better community to grow up in and pursue my dreams of becoming a collegiate head coach,” she says.

Off the court, Miller points to the program’s 100% graduation rate of its student-athletes as one of her proudest accomplishments.

What is your proudest moment? The birth of my two children. Especially Cy, because 48 hours later I was back on the bench coaching my other kids, the Drury Lady Panthers.

What about your job would shock people? There is no off-season!

What is your theme song? Nelly’s “Heart of a Champion.”

What historical figure do you identify with most? Eleanor Roosevelt. Her ability to redefine expectations and take chances made her a great leader that broke the mold. I am definitely a lean-in kind of person.


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