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Cheryl Miller

Category: Other sports, Women in Sports
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Biography:

Although Cheryl Miller never had the opportunity to play professional basketball in the WNBA, she can be credited to making the sport popular in the eyes of all women. Without her contribution to the game it is safe to say that many young women may not have been given the motivation to begin playing and practice on their skills.

For sports speaker Cheryl Miller basketball was her life. She was amazing at what she did on the court starting in high school all the way until she retired from the game. After being recruited by the University of Southern California to play college basketball Cheryl accepted the offer and took her team to two consecutive NCAA titles her freshman and sophomore years. She was the Most Outstanding Player in each tournament and also was awarded the Naismith Award as the college basketball player of the year three times. After graduation Cheryl played for the US Women’s Olympic Basketball team and continued to be a leader. She won her first Olympic gold medal in 1984 at the Los Angles hosted Olympics. In 1986 she became the first basketball player to have their jersey retired at USC. Once she retired Cheryl dabbled in coaching at USC, and is now the head coach at Langston University then became a sportscaster for TNT where her brother Reggie Miller later became an analyst after his illustrious and hall of fame worthy NBA Career.

Cheryl has won other gold medal in tournaments such as the 1983 Pan American Games and 1986 FIBA World Championships for Women. Cheryl was only able to make an appearance in the WNBA as a coach. She began coaching the Phoenix Mercury in 1997 for four seasons where Cheryl was also the general manager. 2K sports has even borrowed her voice in their video games in order to make it seem more realistic. She has the same position on the game. She will report back to analysts Steve Kerr and Marv Albert during timeouts and halftime.