New coach leading freshmen volleyball to success

By Joseph Garcia

Liberty Hill freshmen volleyball Coach Monica Miller is surrounded by her team during a timeout in last Friday’s 2-1 win over Taylor. (Photo by Kathy Canady)

In case you have not made it to the smaller gym at Liberty Hill High School to catch the freshmen volleyball team play, do yourself a favor and check them out for at least a set. They are a fun, energizing group that takes care of business on the court and can dig deep for a win.

This group of freshmen is talented and the new leader who has taken them under her wing is Coach Monica Miller.

This is her first time coaching at Liberty Hill, but she taught English at the high school from 2009-2011, before leaving to become the head cross country/ track and assistant basketball coach at Georgetown East View for a year.

Coach Miller and her husband, Zeb, moved to Liberty Hill four years ago from Conroe. Zeb is a military man (Army) whose job required him and his family to move to the Seward Junction area. The Millers are proud parents to three young children including two daughters Amelia, 5, Lydia, 3, and a son, their youngest Harrison, 2.

Coach Miller has the freshmen team up to a 9-2 record. But this is not her first coaching gig as she enters her 13th year of coaching that includes stops at Texas A&M Consolidated High School, Harker Heights High School, New Caney Middle School, Conroe Caney Creek High School and Georgetown East View High School.

Miller, a graduate from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, said she enjoys being in Liberty Hill where there is an expectation for excellence.

“I love being back at such a phenomenal environment and wonderful atmosphere, where athletes work hard every day with the expectation of success,” said Miller. “Coaching with good friends with support from all staff and community makes my job enjoyable.”

It’s also enjoyable to coach a winning team with a very high ceiling, with the potential to be great in the years to come, she said. The roster is full of length and surprising power for being young freshmen. But what makes the team good is not God given, according to the coach.

Coach Miller believes it is the work her team puts in that makes them a winning bunch.

“Our freshmen team is made up of talented young ladies who work extremely hard, pushing themselves to their potential daily, striving for success with each new drill,” Miller said. “They are a joy to be around and I appreciate the opportunity to work with them. I can’t wait to see what great strides they take throughout their careers here at Liberty Hill High School.”