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January 31, 2014

She's got Miles of talent

The name Gretchen Miles has always been associated with success, whether it was on the court and field as a prep basketball and soccer star or as regional-winning soccer coach.

However, Gretchen Miles the basketball coach may end up the most successful of all.

Gretchen is now 74-47 in her time with WHS and is currently commanding a Lady Hatchet ship that has cruised to a 15-2 record this year.

Gretchen will tell you she is not doing anything different than at any other time and deflects the credit to her players and coaches. But what she fails to mention is that most of these girls have had at least three years of her direct coaching.

Actually ‘coaching’ might be the wrong word, ‘teaching’ would probably be better. Anyone who has ever watched her on the sidelines, knows her whole style is based on identifying a problem and finding a way to correct it. One parent said to me, “I just love to watch her, she has so much passion on the sidelines.”

Miles said that being a classroom teacher is very important to her and is a big part of her coaching style.

“You have to get to know the kids as people. From there you find strengths and weaknesses. Basketball is a game that exposes your weakness, and it is our job as coaches to teach you how to react to that,” she said.

She has won at least 14 games in each of the last three years and 15 is the largest amount since her former coach Steve Brothers won 18 in 2004.

Brothers is also one of Miles biggest boosters.

“It is no surprise that Gretchen is a great coach. She was a coach on the floor when she was a player,” he said. “Back when I was still coaching, Gretchen was helping with the freshman team and (coach) Bill O’Brian and both knew right away that she had what it took to be very good.”

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