Drury Women's Basketball Head Coach
Molly Miller just finished her fifth year as the head coach of the Drury Lady Panthers in 2018-19 and is quickly compiling a list of accomplishments that is starting to rival her accolades as a player.
During her five seasons as head coach, Miller's teams have won 138 of the 155 games they have played and have captured the Great Lakes Valley Conference championship in four of her five years at the helm. The Lady Panthers earned a trip to the NCAA-II tournament in each of Miller's five seasons and this past season won the Midwest Regional Championship and
advanced to the Final Four.
In 2018-19, Miller guided the Lady Panthers to a 35-1 record, a 18-0 mark in the conference, a
first place finish in the GLVC West Division, and her team became the first squad in GLVC
history to win back-to-back-to-back GLVC Tournament Championships. That team produced an
DII National Player of the Year (Hailey Diestelkamp) the GLVC Defensive Player of the Year
(Daejah Bernard), GLVC Freshman of the Year, five All-Conference selections and two
All-Americans. Coach Molly Miller was also named the NCAA DII Coach of the Year by the
Marine Corps and was awarded the Pat Summit award.
In five seasons as a head coach, Miller has put together a record of 138-17 (.890), and her
teams have gone 85-5 (.944) in conference play. Under Miller, the Lady Panthers have yet to
lose a conference game at home and will enter in the 2019-20 season winners of 45 straight in
the league at the O'Reilly Family Event Center. Drury is 69-2 at home overall with Miller as head
Before taking over as head coach, Miller spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Lady
Panthers, including the 2013-14 season which netted a final 27-4 record and the program's third
NCAA-II Elite Eight appearance.
As a player, Molly (Carter) Miller was a four-year standout for the Lady Panthers from 2004-08,
and still ranks as Drury's number three all-time scorer with 1,570 points. She ranks second
all-time in assists (439) and steals (409) and was also the winner of the GLVC's Paragon Award
as a senior, the highest honor bestowed to a student-athlete by the league. She earned
All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors three times and was Third Team NCAA-II
All-American as a senior. She was named the Heartland Conference Freshman of the Year in
2005 in Drury’s final season as a member of that league.
In her four seasons in a Lady Panthers' uniform (three with head coach Nyla Milleson, one with
Steve Harold as head coach), Drury amassed a record of 112-18, qualified for the NCAA-II
Tournament four times (including the 2007 Elite Eight in Kearney, Neb.) and captured the GLVC
title in 2008 as well as the Heartland Conference crown in 2005.
Miller also had a storied high school career helping Kickapoo High School in Springfield to state
championships in her freshman and junior seasons. In 2002-03, her Lady Chiefs team went
31-0 and were ranked 13th in the nation by USA Today. Kickapoo went 110-9 during her four
years on the varsity squad. She was named an all-state performer three times in her career, a
four-time all-academic selection in the Ozark Conference as graduated from Kickapoo as the
valedictorian of her high school class.
For her time as a player, Miller was inducted into the GLVC Hall of Fame in 2014 and became
the first Drury individual from any sport to receive those honors from the league.
After graduating from Drury University in 2008, Miller spent four years as the marketing director
at Springfield Neurological and Spine Institute before returning to her alma mater as an
Miller is married to former Missouri State football player Derek Miller, and the couple has a
daughter, Crosby, who will turn two-year-old before the start of the 2018-19 season.
Head Coach Molly Miller, Year-by-Year:
YEAR Rec. Conf. Finish Postseason FinalRanking
2018-19 35-1 18-0 1st-W NCAA-II Final Four; GLVC Champions #3
2017-18 31-3 17-1 1st-W NCAA-II Sweet 16; GLVC Champions #7
2016-17 30-4 17-1 1st-W NCAA-II Sweet 16; GLVC Champions #6
2015-16 26-5 16-2 1st-W NCAA-II Sweet 16; GLVC semifinals #14
2014-15 26-4 17-1 1st-W NCAA-II 1st round; GLVC Champions #7
TOTALS 113-16 67-5 4 NCAA-II tournaments, 3 GLVC championships