Gretchen Miles has been blessed with great coaches and parents throughout her life, which has allowed her to reach new heights each season with the Washington girls basketball program. Miles was named an assistant coach for the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star Game in what marks yet another milestone in her life of basketball.
“I’m very honored for the opportunity to represent girls basketball for the state of Indiana,” Miles said. “It’s going to be a great opportunity to learn from a lot of the best coaches in the state and also from the players.”
Miles has accumulated a 76-49 record in seven seasons and Washington has won at least 14 games in its last three seasons. The 2013-14 season was the best yet as the Hatchets finished with a 17-4 record as the No. 9 team in Class 3A. The Hatchets have come up short of winning their first sectional title since 2004 when Steve Brothers was the coach, Miles’ hard work has been noticed. Washington Catholic’s Eileen Weber, Washington’s Julie Helm and Barr-Reeve’s Amber (Guinn) DeCoursey are the only girls from Daviess County to play in the game in the past.
“An honor like this goes back to being thankful for the players that we have in our program,” Miles said. “Not only just this year, but over the years and they’ve really helped lay that foundation level with hard work and a competitive attitude. I’m very fortunate to have the coaching staff from the elementary to junior high to the high school level that we’re very fortunate that they can coach basketball, but also that they are good people. Our No. 1 idea when it comes to coaching staff is character, which is the same thing we preach to our kids.”
Miles said this type of honor is not something that she had in mind when the season started, but she has worked toward building the program every day. As humbling as the selection to the All-Star coaching staff, Miles feels that as long as the team thinks about getting better each day and not on specific long term goals, the program will continue to grow.