Work not done
Former captain Miller stays on as administrator
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 22:10
She stares at the bright computer screen. After more than an hour of work, with team flights and meals and graduate school to worry about, she has just scratched the surface of what needs to be done.
After finishing her undergraduate career, Lindsey Miller, Class of 2013 and former Aggie volleyball middle blocker and team captain, decided to continue with the program by becoming the director of volleyball activities.
“When I was playing, I never really thought about the position,” Miller said. “But I saw it as a great opportunity, one that I could not pass up.”
Head coach Laura Corbelli said she could not contain her smile when Miller told her she was thinking of taking the position.
“I was excited to know she had an interest,” Corbelli said. “I did a lot of thinking [about] who would enhance our program, and she was the person that could do that.”
Miller’s former teammate and current team captain, senior setter Allie Sawatzky, said she knew the move was a great one both for the team and Miller.
“I was real excited and happy for her,” Sawatzky said. “I was excited because it gave her the chance to stay around the sport a little bit longer.”
As director of volleyball activities, Miller’s responsibilities include setting up team travel, residences, meals and anything that has to do with volleyball except for coaching. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in human resources management.
“I know grad school and volleyball can take up a lot of time but if anyone could handle it, it would be [Miller],” Corbelli said. “It’s just who she is.”
While she said it is not the same as playing and practicing for the team, Miller said she enjoys fulfilling a new role for her friends and former teammates.
“It was different to not be on the court,” Miller said. “But I am just glad for the opportunity to still be a part of the team.”
What sets Miller apart from other managers is the personal connection she shares with the team that helps her in the day-to-day demands of her position.
“I am close with most of the girls on the team as their old captain,” Miller said. “It makes me feel like I can approach them and makes it easier to help them out.”
Miller said she plans to keep working for the volleyball team as she pursues her master’s degree.
“I am not entirely sure what I will do after I finish A&M’s graduate program,” Miller said. “I don’t know if I’ll stay in athletics or go on with something else in my life.”
What is certain is the impact she has had on the team. Sawatzky said Miller’s dedication is apparent to anyone involved in Aggie volleyball.
“It is a plus to know that [Miller] is in the office helping us out,” Sawatzky said. “Sure, we don’t get to see her as much now that she is a graduate student, but she is still the same old Lindsey and we love her.”