Cheryl Miller Athlete, post-1960

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Athlete, post-1960

With tremendous grace and athletic ability, Cheryl Miller established a legacy throughout her high school and college career that may never be equaled. At Poly High School, Cheryl averaged 32.8 points and 15 rebounds for 90 games. Cheryl became the first male or female named to the Parade All-America high school team for four straight years. She was Street and Smith’s High School Player of the Year for 1981 and 1982. At USC, she brought a new level of athleticism to college athletics. While scoring 3,018 career points, she led the Trojans to a 112-20 record with NCAA titles in 1983 and 1984. Both years she was the NCAA Tournament MVP. As a Senior at USC, she won her third Naismith Player of the Year Award, as well as being Sports Illustrated’s “best male or female basketball player in the U.S.” Internationally, she led the U.S. to a Gold Medal in the Pan Am Games in 1983. Cheryl led the United States to an Olympic Gold Medal in 1984. In 1986, she added a Gold Medal at the Goodwill Games. She was the first female ever nominated for the Sullivan Award in 1986. Cheryl coached for two years at USC, compiling a 44-14 record. Cheryl coached for the WNBA Phoenix Mercury from 1997-2000. She has worked as a basketball analyst and commentator for ABC, ESPN, TBS, and most recently at TNT where she is presently employed.