As a Mt. Healthy student-athlete, Lori Miller never imagined herself as the school’s new Athletic Director. In fact, when she graduated 20 years ago, she majored in Business and Human Resources with the intent of working for a company in its HR division. Even when she was working for Northern Kentucky University Athletics following college as Sports Information Assistant, she didn’t see the future in athletic administration. Sometimes, though, the game changers alter the course. After a year or so of volunteering as a coach at the high school, Miller thought maybe she’d try working as an assistant in the Athletic Department for a year. The rest, they say, is history. On August 1, 2017, Miller will take the baton from outgoing and beloved Athletic Director, Tina Tuck, who has held the role for 19 years.
What’s great about this appointment? Tuck has coached and mentored her since Miller was 16 years-old. Miller played softball and basketball for Mt. Healthy High School under the coaching of Tuck. The two have been a team in Mt. Healthy’s Athletic Department for over 11 years with Miller as Assistant Athletic Director. “We are very similar in our thinking,” said Tuck. She went on to explain that the two can finish each other’s thoughts, and she has never worried about the program or events if she had to be away from it. “Lori is thorough and efficient; she’s just a great fit! She has a knack with the kids; she’s patient, yet firm and has high expectations.” Tuck acclaimed. The duo complements each other stating that each of their strengths completes the other’s weaknesses.
While the decision for Tuck to retire after 30 years at Mt. Healthy was difficult, she knows the program will be in excellent hands with Miller at the helm. She is pleased to be passing the baton to not only another woman, but one she has known for many years. It was an emotional appointment for Tuck, “It’s like giving the job to family,” she said, “but when something works, you want to keep it going.” That’s exactly what Miller plans to do with only enhancements to be made to Mt. Healthy’s already successful athletics program with ideas like an all sports summer camp for younger students and video highlights of athletic updates.
While Miller is creating a new game plan as Athletic Director, she will be stepping away from the classroom where she has been a Business and Technology Teacher for 18 years. During her tenure as teacher, she initiated Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Web 2.0 and Beyond, and Money Management, just to name a few. There will be some big shoes to fill in this area. Mt. Healthy City Schools is elated to welcome one of our own to continue the success of the athletics program.