Miller retires from coaching

Justin Miller
Volleyball coach Lisa Miller talks to the team during a timeout last season.

Illinois Valley Central’s  volleyball team will be under new leadership next season.

Coach Lisa Miller retired from coaching duties Nov. 2 after the team fell to Dunlap in the Regional, Nov. 1.

“I’ve been doing this for 25 years and I just felt it was time to go,” Miller said. “I will still continue to teach at IVC. Other opportunities in my teaching field have come up, and I want to have the time to pursue them.”

Miller will now be taking on more responsibilities, and more opportunities as a teacher.

“I will be teaching more night classes at Midstate College in Peoria and will be getting involved in doing some teacher training on computers and SMART Boards,” Miller said.

Miller coached at IVC from 1991-1994 and returned to the Ghosts in 2004.

“There have been a lot of good moments,” Miller said. “I suppose my favorites would have to be winning the (North Central Illinois) Conference, the Regional and the Sectional during the 2009 season.”

Miller says that the complexity of the sport of volleyball drew her to coaching it.

“I like how competitive it has become,” Miller said. “I like how the girls must work together to combine a variety of skills that require agility, timing and power to put together a successful game plan.”

Besides the unique aspects of the sport itself, Miller enjoyed helping the girls make personal developments in the sport over their time in the program.

“I loved watching the improvement in the individual skills, the amazing changes from the time the girls came in as freshman until they reached the varsity level and their senior year,” Miller said.

After several decades coaching the sport, Miller knows what it takes for an individual to have success in the world of volleyball.

“Play it because you love it,” Miller said. “Listen to your coaches, work hard and never stop learning how to improve your skills.”

While her time as a coach at IVC may be over, Miller says she can always look back fondly at her time in the program.

“I enjoyed my time as head coach at IVC very much,” Miller said. “To see how much the program has improved over the past eight years is very rewarding. I had the privilege of working with some of the finest young student athletes assembled anywhere, and I’m very grateful to have had that opportunity.”