Bowling Green, Ky. — Former Western Kentucky University volleyball standout Ashly Miller has been named the new assistant coach with the Lady Topper program. Miller replaces Natalie Sutimek, who left after five seasons as an assistant to become the head coach at Normal (Ill.) Community High School.
Miller, a member of four Sun Belt Conference East Division championship teams from 2001-04, will be responsible for scouting opponents, film exchange and team travel. She will also serve as assistant director of the WKU Volleyball Camp.
“Ashly is a great addition to our coaching staff. She is a tremendous young coach and an even better young person,” said Lady Topper head coach Travis Hudson. “She will spend a lot of time with our ball control players in the gym, and will help us continue to grow in that area. She will also be one of the bright young recruiters in the business. She is very intelligent and hard working, and can convey what it means to be a part of our program.”
In addition to winning four regular-season conference titles during her four years in a Lady Topper uniform, Miller was also a starter on WKU’s first Sun Belt Tournament championship team in 2002, and was on the first Lady Topper squad ever to play in the NCAA Tournament.
“I’m thrilled to return to a place and a program that has given me so many great memories,” said Miller. “The opportunity to contribute to Lady Topper volleyball from a coaching standpoint is one that I’m very grateful for.”
A native of Indianapolis, Ind., and 2001 graduate of Franklin Central High School, Miller has her name scattered throughout the Lady Topper record books. Her 1,271 career digs stand seventh all time, while her 484 digs during her senior season rank as the eight-best single-year total in school history. Arguably one of the most experienced Lady Toppers ever to take the court, Miller’s 136 matches played during her four-year career are tied for second most in WKU history.
Also a standout in the classroom, Miller was named to the Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll each of her four years on the Hill. She earned her degree in marketing from WKU in 2005.