2017-11-16 / Sports


Kathy Miller Kathy Miller Coach’s Corner features area coaches from various teams to get their perspective on coaching – the rewards, the challenges, their goals, and the benefits of team sports for student-athletes. This week we feature Kathy Miller, Engadine volleyball coach.

How many years have you been a coach, and what is your coaching background?

I have been the varsity volleyball coach at Engadine for 20 years. I am also the Region 2 representative for the Michigan Volleyball Coaches Association.

What got you into coaching?

I love the sport of volleyball and played up until we moved to the U.P. from northern Indiana in 1998. The varsity position was open in Engadine and I applied.

Who are some of your coaching influences?

I’ve attended many coaching clinics over the years and talked to and observed coaches that I respect and that have solid programs. Penn State coach Russ Rose, and Leland High School coach Laurie Glass are two of them.

What is your coaching philosophy/ goals?

I believe in educational athletics and that every coach is a teacher. Success is about uniting a group of athletes to pursue a common goal. It is about overcoming individual differences in order for the team to achieve its potential. Success is about teaching through sports the life skills necessary to be a winner.

What are some of the more rewarding aspects of coaching?

For me it is building relationships with the individual athletes and watching them grow and develop as players, teammates, and young adults.

What are some of the more difficult aspects of being a coach?

Anyone who coaches girls knows that what goes on outside the gym and in their personal relationships can negatively or positively affect what goes on in the gym, so it definitely keeps me on my toes!

What advice would you give to newer coaches or those wanting to coach?

Find a good mentor and never quit learning. You will hear lots of opinions, but you need to sort it all out and do what works best for your team.

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