This archived article was written by: Beth Liddell
With the official start of the fall 2012 volleyball season just around the corner, assistant coach Miranda Milovich is taking on more than one new adventure. Coaching is a new experience for this 20 year-old USU Eastern graduate. Milovich played volleyball for the last eight years of her life; six years previous to two years of college ball. She took All-State in high school and First Team All-Region at the collegiate level. “I love the competition,” she admits.
Talented and a central support system that sustained the lady Eagles through the retirement of her volleyball career, she held the crowd’s attention and demanded the respect of both teammates and those of the opposition. She fought through each match with a determination that proved she deserved to be on the court. It was easy to see there were big things in store for this young athlete.
Milovich surprised many by turning down numerous scholarship opportunities to stay in Price. She simply stated, “Family and marriage took top priority. I have bigger dreams and aspirations than just playing ball, but if it can be a part of my something bigger, that’s a plus. I made the decision to get married and start a family. I know some may not agree with it but hey, when it’s right, it’s right. For me, it was right.”
Eight-months pregnant, she proudly stands next to her team ready for whatever may come their way. She attributes her positive attitude this year to one of her favorite things: watching the women grow and develop. Keeping it positive through all the growing pains is worth it if she can see the players succeed both personally and as a team. She lives up to her personal motto by reminding the team, “When the going gets tough, never give up.”
For the first time in years, they have built a family on the court. The Lady Eagles are a young team with only five returning players. The team understands that improvement, dedication and hard work are what really matters if they want to meet their goal of beating each region team at least once this season. As Coach Milovich reflects on her short past here at USU Eastern she looks forward to the future with hope. “I love the game, but love grew to passion. Passion never dies. That is why I play. That’s why I coach. That’s why I support the Golden Eagles. ”
Women’s volleyball will not have a home conference game until October 5th but invite everyone to come out and support them with their opener against College of Southern Idaho and Northern Idaho College; the top two rated teams in the region. All the teams in the conference have been preparing for a season that Coach Milovich promises will be one of new trials, one of new levels of competition, and one of new beginnings.