By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
Shelley Miller – a soccer mom to many – has decided to become only a mom to three.
Tupelo High School’s girls soccer coach resigned this week after 10 years, nine as head coach, with the successful Lady Wave program. Miller’s teams won back-to-back state championships in 2006 and ’07 after losing early in the 2005 playoffs.
This year’s team finished 14-3-1 overall and lost in the Class 6A state title game to Ocean Springs. The Lady Wave played the match without four of its starters.
Miller’s main reason for leaving the coaching profession was to devote more time to her three children, ages 6, 4 and 2. She will continue to teach.
“It was time for me to be a mom,” Miller said Thursday. “You get to the point in life where you realize you’re sacrificing too much. My children won’t always be little.”
Miller’s 6-year-old son plays coach-pitch baseball and her 4-year-old daughter is in gymnastics.
“I don’t want to miss the things they’re doing,” she said. “I want to be able to enjoy attending sporting events with my children.”
Many of Miller’s Lady Wave players consider her a mom, too.
“She expected the best out of us,” sophomore Katie Taylor said.
Taylor scored a team-high 25 goals and recorded five assists in helping Tupelo reach the Class 6A state championship match.
“They’re going to miss Coach Miller’s leadership,” said senior Bryson Rial, who signed with Ouachita Baptist. “She had a way of making all the players feel loved and welcomed.
“Coaching is not just a job to her, she loves it.”