SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — One of the winningest coaches in Drury Women’s basketball history is leaving her alma mater for a Division I opportunity.
Molly Miller has agreed to become the new head coach at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Az.
“I’m super-competitive,” Miller said in a press release. “With the resources and the excitement behind the athletic program and specifically the women’s basketball program, there’s real momentum there. I think we can make a big splash. We want to be one of the best teams in the nation. That’s going to be our goal and I think we can do it at GCU.”
Miller has compiled a 180-17 record in six seasons with the Lady Panthers, and back-to-back NCAA-II Coach of the Year honors from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Her .941 winning percentage is the highest among any active women’s basketball coach across all NCAA levels.
“Today has been the epitome of a glad and sad day,” said Drury Vice President & Director of Athletics, Corey Bray in a press release. “While I am happy for coach Miller and her family as they embark on an incredible opportunity at Grand Canyon University, I am sad to lose her as a part of the Drury Panthers family. She has been an integral part of the Springfield community her entire life, and she has been a profoundly impactful member of the Drury community as a student, an athlete and as a coach.
The Lady Panthers made it to the national semifinals last season and had eyes on a return trip before the cancellations of the 2020 winter championships.
Under Miller’s guidance, the Lady Panthers won six GLVC regular season titles and five conference tournament championships.
Miller is also one of the best Lady Panthers to take the court at Drury. She is near the top in school history in scoring, assists and steals.
She was also inducted into the GLVC Hall of Fame in 2014.
“I love this game and everything that is has given to me so I want to give back to it and my players so they can find as much joy and love for the game,” Miller said in the press release. “I’m excited to hit the ground running and meet those kids and love them like family. We’re going to be very family-oriented at GCU. We’ll have an exciting brand of basketball to play.”
“Through two decades and four different head coaches, the Drury women’s basketball program has established itself as an elite program at the NCAA-II level,” said Bray. “I am committed, as is the entire Drury community, to maintaining our championship level of excellence as we begin the search for our next head coach.”
Miller replaces Nicole Powell, who left after three season for the head coaching job at UC-Riverside.
Drury announced a national search for Miller’s replacement will begin immediately.