Coach’s Corner: Fern Creek’s Shanda Miller

Coach’s Corner: Fern Creek’s Shanda Miller

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic is proud to sponsor the weekly “Coach’s Corner”, featuring a high school coach from women’s athletics in the local community. Since 1974 the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic has served the local area for orthopaedic problems and musculosketal issues. The sports medicine program has team physicians for local high schools which provide sports physicals and urgent care for athletes. Click here for details on SPORTS INJURY URGENT CARE.

This week’s “Coach’s Corner” feature is Shanda Miller. She is the new head coach for Fern Creek girls’ basketball. If there is a coach you’d like to read about, email suggestions to ashli@louisvillewomensports.com.

1) What is your history with athletics in your personal life?

I played basketball as a kid.

2) How did you obtain your current coaching position?  

I started coaching at Price Elementary in the 90’s and built a program, then I moved to Newburg Middle School. I was there for more than a decade, then I was given the opportunity to coach at the high school level. I coached Seneca High boys’ junior varsity team in 2015-16. I was contacted about the coaching position at Fern Creek at the end of the school year.

3) Who do you look up to? 

Anybody that knows me [knows] the person I strive to be like is Pat Summit (former Tennessee Lady Volunteers coach). She had such a commitment and drive for the basketball game.

4) What are two primary goals you havefor your team this season? 

The first goal is confidence. This team has struggled with having a consistent coach. The second goal is determination to keep trying even if you face a big obstacle in front of you.

5) What is the hardest part of coaching for you?  

You see the potential in a player, but they lack the determination or drive to get to the next level.

6) What qualities do you hope to instill in your players that they can take with them to their families, careers, and society?  

I hope to give my players determination (to know that they can accomplish anything when they use their mind). I hope to give them integrity (to know that what you do and say will mean something).

7) How do you motivate your best athletes to work even harder?  

I try to show them examples of people who just worked on their game and people who are dedicated to the game.

8) What is one mistake you’ve made in your coaching career, and what did you learn from it?

I removed a player from the basketball team for breaking team rules.  The player came to me later in the year to tell me that basketball was a way to get away from the neighborhood.  I [questioned] why the player did not communicate that to me.  I realized that I should have a better coach/player relationship.

9) How do you handle criticism from parents, athletic director, the media, and others?  

A coach today has to have a barrier. They need to believe to make the right decision for their team.  They need to know at anytime their decision may be questioned by others. You must be able to take criticism and move to make your team better.

10) What is the greatest philosophy you live by?   

My mother made it simple for me: “Your word is your bond.”  You say something, you do it. You always finish what you start.

I would like to thank my family for sharing and helping me through this journey.

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