Sivi Miller, head coach of the St. Joseph’s Academy volleyball team, recorded career win 800 with a semifinal-round victory over six-time defending state champion Mount Carmel Academy on November 13. Miller’s team advanced to the finals on November 14, falling short to top-seed Dominican in four sets.
“Honestly, I didn’t even realize that I was at 800 wins as a coach,” Miller said. “I have never celebrated any of my milestones as a coach in the past, so it was not even a thought in my mind. As a coach, I enter the season seeking out what I can do to help each athlete and each team achieve their goals and achieve as much as possible in the season. This is what I celebrate each year and with each win.”
Miller, who began her career at SJA in 2007, has 28 years of coaching experience in high school volleyball. She previously coached at Archbishop Hannan High School, Cabrini High School and, after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Redemptorist High School. At Cabrini in New Orleans, she led the team to the first state championship in school history in 2001. She was named the Division II Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Volleyball Coaches Association (LVCA) that year.
Miller’s Redstickers captured the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013 Division I-Class 5A state titles. She was named Division I LVCA Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2013. Her coaching record at SJA is 488-117.
“I feel blessed to have had wonderful, knowledgeable assistant coaches,” Miller said. “Most importantly, I have had the honor of coaching some amazing girls/athletes. I’m so proud of each and every player I have had the honor of coaching and feel that they each become one of my girls. No win is ever possible without the hard work, dedication and commitment of great players. I have had so many great players who helped me reach this milestone, so this is their celebration, as well.”
Miller is a 1989 graduate of Tulane University, which she attended on a four-year volleyball scholarship. She served as captain of the Green Wave team in 1988.
[Please note that many of these photographs spanning Coach Miller's career were taken prior to the establishment of social-distancing and face-covering requirements due to COVID-19.]
Mindy Brodhead Averitt