Miles is also quick to say that her father, Brothers, O’Brian and Barry Watkins have helped shape her coaching philosophy.
“I have just been lucky to have had great coaches and been around great coaches to learn from.”
Brothers added that Gretchen still has the record for most games played with the Lady Hatchets at 98. What might even be more incredible, was with Miles on the court, WHS was 89-9.
“One of the things Gretchen was so good at was shooting,” said Brothers. “She had 325 3-pointers in her career. Her shooting form was just so good, and she has been able to pass that on to the girls she now coaches. It is really evident by watching them.”
Her three seniors, Ally Hunsinger, Lupe Perez and Audra Stallman have shown how Miles’ players are a reflection of her as a coach. Hunsinger is third on the all-time scoring list and Perez and Stallman’s play personify the phrase “hard working.”
“All our success starts with those seniors,” Miles said. “I can count on one hand the number of practice they have missed since freshman year. We really want to get a sectional title for them.”
This year’s team has just two losses, one to No. 1 Princeton and one to highly-ranked Mt. Carmel (Ill.), a team that features McDonald’s All-American Tyra Buss. Both teams have been projected by many to go a long way in their respected state tourneys.
“We learned a lot from those losses. We learned it is the little things that can be the difference between winning and losing and those are the thing we will work on,” said Miles. “We play a schedule that hopefully will get us ready for the tourney.”
I’m not sure what the little things are that the Lady Hatchets need to work on, but one of the big things that will lead to continued success - having Gretchen Miles on the sideline.