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UCHS’s Shelby Miller signs to play volleyball with Milligan

Erwin Record Photo by Richard Rourk • UCHS Athletic Director Chris Bogart, Shelby Miller and Unicoi County Director of Schools John English

By Richard Rourk

The Unicoi County High School athletic pipeline to Milligan University athletics remains strong and on Wednesday, Feb. 16, it drew one very talented volleyball player into the fold.

UCHS standout Shelby Miller officially signed with Milligan University to play volleyball for the Buffaloes. 

“This is so exciting because it feels like a new beginning,” Miller told The Erwin Record. “This is something I worked for my whole life. I know where I want to be in the next four years.”

For Miller, the decision to be one part of the Milligan family was the right call. 

“I feel like a boulder has been lifted off of my shoulders,” Miller said. “I’ve been going to visit their practices for a while and I knew I wanted to be at Milligan when I took an official tour. I knew I could spend the next four years of my life there.”

Milligan volleyball coach Doneva Bays is excited that Miller has decided to become part of the Buffalo family.

“Shelby is an exceptional athlete,” Bays said. “She has the ability to make a major impact on our program right out of the gate. We are so excited to have her on the team.”

Unicoi County Schools Director John English was thrilled to see Miller go on to play at the next level. 

“We love to see student athletes like Shelby that put their time in to see them get rewarded with college taken care of is huge,” English said. “This sets the bar for others. We are really proud of her. Volleyball is thriving and we are hoping other sports like tennis and track thrive. We want to be able to offer as many opportunities as we can to open more doors for our students.”

Miller acknowledged that this moment was for everyone who helped her get to where she is today. 

“I started playing in fourth grade,” Miller said. “All the coaches I’ve had along the way, I just want to thank them. I want to thank everyone that has helped me along the way. The lessons, the coaches and teammates that pushed me, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”