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PRLog (Press Release) – Feb. 1, 2013Chicago, IL

Meet Head Assistant – Coach Murray:

Kimya Murray joins the Illinois Heart as the Head Assistant Coach. If the name sounds familiar, then maybe you remember her as a standout player in Chicago basketball. Murray, a four year team starter for the Marshall High School Lady Commandos, played under the direction, and leadership of the legendary Coach Dorothy Gaters.  While at John Marshall High School, Murray won four championships, including three City and one State title.

Murray began her collegiate career at Independence Community College where she received an Associates In Arts Degree. She later attended and played at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in the WAC Conference, and Oklahoma University. Throughout her collegiate career, Murray received several honors such as the Fan Favorite Award at Independence Community College, and the New Comer of the Year Award in the WAC Conference. Murray was First-Team ALL- Conference for three seasons, and received the team’s MVP award at UTEP. She has also broken the three point records at both Independence Community College and UTEP.

Murray has a long history in basketball and athletics as a player and coach. She played in the European Professional Basketball League, and has over eight years of coaching experience. Kimya Murray brings her strong foundation, and strict discipline in basketball from Marshall High School to the Illinois Heart, as well as her knowledge for the game. Murray has coached five seasons at the high school level and three seasons at the college level.

Currently, Murray works with students, where she enjoys and continues to mentor, coach and use her knowledge to be instrumental in women’s and girl’s basketball. She believes that extra-curricular activities are vital to the success of children in school. Murray also believes that productive team activities can help to develop the skills of children, while increasing their chances for growth, and successful opportunities in the future.

A strict coach, and full of great energy, Murray enjoys playing the game of basketball with former teammates. We are thankful to have her on the coaching staff, and would like to welcome her to the Illinois Heart. She will definitely bring a lot of intensity and upbeat energy to our program.

Meet the Assistant Coach:

Lionel Miller was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He attended Hales Franciscan High School, and won the team’s Most Valuable Player award during his senior year.

Lee Miller began his collegiate career at Tuskegee University, in Alabama where he played 4 years of Basketball. Miller averaged 14.1 points 4.8rebounds 1.2Blocks. While at Tuskegee University, Miller majored in Business with an educational concentration in the area of Sales /Marketing. Before graduation, he took the opportunity to play professional basketball in the countries of Italy and Switzerland. He played a total of two years professionally and represented two different teams in two separate countries.

After playing overseas, Lionel returned to Tuskegee University where he graduated in 2011 with a BA Degree in Sales and Marketing.  

Currently, Lionel Miller works in education, where he teaches, mentors and coordinates activities for students with special needs.

Lionel Miller is a great example of the kind of person that we want on the coaching staff.  He has a never fail and never give up or quit type of attitude. His drive in life spills over onto the court, and will make him an effective coach to our players. Miller is a valuable team asset and the Illinois Heart would like to welcome him to the coaching staff.

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