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Monday, December 05, 2022

Women’s Basketball: Lindsay Whelan Adds Marwan Miller to Gophers’ Staff

The Athletics Department announced Wednesday that Gophers women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whelan has added Marwan Miller to its staff as assistant coach.

Miller replaced Carly Thibault-Dudonis, who took the head coaching position at Fairfield after serving as the Gophers’ guard coach and recruiting coordinator for five seasons. She was associate head coach when she left in April to take on the Stags’ job.

Marwan Miller Was Added To The Staff Of Gophers Women'S Basketball Coach Lindsay Whelan On Thursday, May 19, 2022.
Marwan Miller was added to the staff of Gophers women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whelan on Thursday. (Ohio University Athletics)

Miller spent six seasons at Ohio University, where he helped coach 16 All-Mid-American Conference honorees, including Cece Hook, who set a Mack career scoring record with 2,843 points and was an honorable mention All-American in the 2020-21 World Cup. During their time in Athens, Ohio, the Bobcats finished with a 121–64 record and won the 2015–16 MAC regular-season championship.

“Marwan will represent the University of Minnesota on and off the court with an extensive knowledge of the game of basketball,” Whelan said in a statement. “Marwan has helped develop many student-athletes who have earned many awards during their time in Ohio. He has experience coaching players to their full potential on both sides of the court.”

In Ohio, Miller coached five Mack Defensive Player of the Year Award winners and was offensive coordinator at St. Francis (PA) in 2016-17.

“I’m excited to be part of this coaching staff and move to Minneapolis,” Miller said in a news release. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to learn more about the sport from the Hall of Famer. This position is truly a dream come true for me.”

The Gophers graduated five seniors from the 2021–22 team, which finished 15–17 on aggregate and 7–11 at his alma mater in Whelan’s fourth season in the Big Ten. The Gophers also lost seven players to the NCAA transfer portal, including lead scorer Sarah Scalia, a guard at Stillwater.

Whelan brings a nationally four-player recruiting class to summer practices next month and has added two players via the portal — guard Mi’Cole Cayton, a graduate transfer from Nebraska, and Destiny Oberg, who has at least Two years of eligibility followed by three seasons in Arkansas.

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