Cheryl Miller

If you like basketball then maybe you have seen Cheryl Miller play. Cheryl was born on January 3, 1964 in Riverside, California. One of her younger brothers is the NBA star Reggie Miller. They played basketball together all the time growing up. She was a high school All American each of her four years in high school. She scored 105 points in one high school game. She was a four time All American in College at the University of Southern California. Cheryl Miller won 112 games and loss 20 games. She was named M.V.P in 1983 and 1984. In 1984 Cheryl was voted ESPN’s Woman Athlete of the Year. For 3 years she also won the Naismith Award as the nation's outstanding female basketball player. Miller also starred on the United States National Basketball Team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1984. She was the first male or female to have her number retired at the University of Southern California. In 1986, after she graduated from college, she was drafted by several leagues including a men's league. In the late 1980 Miller suffered knee injuries that ended her playing career. From 1986-1991 she was an assistant coach for USC. In 1993 Cheryl became head coach of U.S.C.’s women's basketball team. After 2 seasons Cheryl left to resume her broadcasting career. In 1995 Cheryl was inducted into the basketball hall of fame. In 1996 she became the first female analyst to call a NBA game on national television. Then in 1997 Cheryl was selected as Head Coach and general manager of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury. She left the team in 2000 returning to Turner Network Television primarily as a sideline reporter for TNT and TBS Superstation.

by Sandro and Matt. M, third grade, 2001

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