Langston hires Cheryl Miller as coach
Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller returned as a college basketball coach Wednesday, taking over at Langston University of the NAIA.
Miller, who starred as a player at USC, was also the school's coach from 1993-95, leading the Trojans to a 42-14 mark. She also was coach and general manager of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury from 1997 to 2000, guiding the club to a 70-52 record and one Finals appearance (1998). She is currently a broadcaster for TNT.
"We want to take it [the program] to the next level, the national level," Miller said at her introductory news conference.
Miller, who was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009, was named the Naismith Player of the Year three times while playing for the Trojans (1982-86), helping the school win two national titles. She scored 3,018 points and was a four-time All-American as the Trojans went 112-20 during her playing career.
She also helped the U.S. women's national team win the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Games.
At USC, Miller's athletic director was Mike Garrett, who is now the AD at Langston.
"Coach Miller's credentials as a player and coach are unsurpassed in women's basketball. We are thrilled and honored to have her here wearing Lion blue on our courts," Garrett said in a statement. "Coach Miller has the skills and tools to lead our women's basketball team to domination in NAIA."
She is fellow Hall of Famer Reggie Miller's sister. She presented her brother at his 2012 induction.
Miller replaces David Johnson, who resigned after last season, in which Langston was 20-13, losing in the first round of the NAIA Championships to eventual champion Oklahoma City.