Mont Alto, Pa. – Mary Miller has been named head women's basketball coach at Penn State Mont Alto announced Director of Athletic Staci Brennan on Thursday, July 13.
Miller was elevated to the head coaching position after four successful seasons as an assistant under former head coach Paul Lundy. Miller also spearheaded the recruiting efforts for the women's basketball program during her time as an assistant.
"I am pleased to announce the promotion of Mary Miller to her new role as head coach," said Brennan. "Mary's experience in our department over the last four years will serve her well as she makes this transition. She's a dedicated recruiter and has a definite vision for the future of the women's basketball program here at Penn State Mont Alto."
"I am honored to be selected as the next head coach and would like to thank Staci Brennan and the rest of the athletic department for this opportunity to lead the Lions program," said Miller.
"I am most excited to step into this new role with a core set of returners as well as some new recruits and plan on implementing some new ideas that I feel will help make us more competitive in practice settings' and against other PSUAC schools," remarked Miller.
Miller is no stranger to the Franklin County area as well as the women's basketball landscape of Pennsylvania. She was a three-sport athlete at neighboring Wilson College participating in soccer, basketball and women's tennis. After graduating in 2008, she served as an assistant for the women's soccer program at Wilson for three seasons before transitioning to the varsity women's soccer head coach at Shippensburg Area High School. For the past several years, Miller also has been a prominent figure at the Keystone State Basketball Camp in Williamsport, Pa. where she coaches as well as assists with tournament registrations.
Coach Miller received her bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science from Wilson College and a master's degree in sport management through the American Military University.
"My coaching style is up-tempo, straight forward, enthusiastic, and teaching that team is family. Not only do I want to teach the game of basketball, but I also want to teach players life lessons continuing their growth into successful young adults," said Miller.
The Mont Alto women's basketball team begin their season on Saturday, November 4 when it hosts the Mid-Atlantic Christian School in a non-conference matchup at 1 p.m.