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The two-time defending Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year is leaving Drury. 

Molly Miller is leaving her alma mater to become the head coach at Grand Canyon, a Drury spokesperson confirmed to the News-Leader. 

Grand Canyon recently lost head coach Nicole Powell who left the program to become the head coach at UC Riverside. 

Miller, a Kickapoo High grad, will have her first opportunity at a Division I job after leading the Lady Panthers to four-straight Great Lakes Valley Conference titles. 

The Lady Panthers just completed their second-consecutive undefeated regular-season. They were set to host the Midwest Regional in the Division II NCAA Tournament but it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In 2018-19, Miller led the Lady Panthers to a 35-1 record and an appearance in the NCAA-II semifinals. The Lady Panthers have finished with a Top 10 ranking in five of her six seasons as head coach to go along with an NCAA berth each year. 

Miller’s career as head coach concludes with an incredible 180-17 overall record and 105-5 in league play. The Lady Panthers have been known for their up-tempo style of play and ferocious defensive attack. 

Before taking over as head coach, Miller was an assistant for two years at Drury. She was a four-year standout for the Lady Panthers from 2004-08. She ended her playing career as the program’s all-time leading scorer. 

Miller led Kickapoo to two state championships during her freshman and junior seasons. In 2002-03, her Lady Chiefs team went 31-0 and was ranked 13th in the nation by USA Today. 

Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at or join the conversation on Twitter where his handle is @WyattWheeler_NL. You can also sign up for his free “Bears Beat” newsletter by subscribing on