Eastern senior Erynn Miller of Stratford is an excellent example of what student-athletes should strive to be. She is the captain and only four-year player on the women's volleyball team. Even with all the time and effort that she puts towards volleyball, she is still able to be an exceptional student.
Prior to this fall, head coach Pete Maneggia hadn't named a captain for any of the teams he has coached since he coached high school softball in 1996. Maneggia stated, "I'm a big believer that everybody should be their own captain. Sometimes it turns into a popularity contest, and there are multiple other reasons why I don't like naming captains. However, with such a young team this year, I felt like we needed a strong leadership role, and Erynn was the obvious choice."
Miller was excited to become captain, but she also realized that new responsibilities come with the territory. "It's an honor to be named captain, but there is a little bit of pressure. Luckily my team has made it so easy on me," explained Miller, "It's a really good group of girls, and everyone gets along."
Miller graduated from Bunnell High School as a two-time All-State volleyball player who was appointed team captain a total of four years in three sports. She chose to attend Eastern because it was relatively close to home, and also because it offered a good balance between academics and athletics.
On the court, Miller never takes a play off. She practices hard every day, and is a great example to the younger players. Off the court, she is a model student as a member of the Little East Conference All-Academic Team and as an E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award recipient. With a major in Business Administration and a minor in Communication, Miller wants to attend graduate school and eventually get a job in marketing.