Hoover to Rocky Top: Myra Miles

Hoover to Rocky Top: Myra Miles

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Hoover to Rocky Top: Myra Miles

“When I first walked in and they were all together, it was like a flashback – I felt like I was back at Hoover High. You had Jeremy’s office, you had Myra’s, then Brandon’s, Todd’s and Kevin’s all right there. It was the whole Hoover deal which makes me proud and they all deserve it. Every single one of them deserve to be where they are because of what they have done. They have all been successful in so many different ways. Hoover was just part of that chapter, it wasn’t the final chapter.” — Rush Propst

 

KNOXVILLE — As the 2018 season approaches with the Vols taking the practice field August 3, kicking off fall training camp, Vols Wire takes a week-long look at the former Hoover High School staff that are now together again at Tennessee – Jeremy Pruitt, Kevin Sherrer, Todd Watson, Brandon Sheppard and Myra Miles. Danny Stiff is also on staff at UT as Assistant Director of Player Personnel and played at Hoover, winning three state championships from 2002-04.

The first part of the Hoover to Rocky Top series features Myra Miles. Miles is the Executive Assistant to head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

Miles served as Hoover’s athletics director from 2008-14 and also taught and coached from 2002-07. She was at Hoover during Pruitt’s tenure from 2004-06, when he was defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach under head coach Rush Propst.

Propst told Vols Wire that Miles “was highly regarded” at Hoover.

“She was a calming effect,” Propst said. “She became athletics director because the administration felt that she was the best fit. She was a tremendous athletics director. Even when she was associate athletics director, she worked closely with football. She loves football, but she also loves kids. She loves people. That’s what I like about Myra.”

Miles’ ability to work with people is why she has been successful during her career.

“She can work with people, she has people skills and would always brighten your day,” Propst said. “Myra Miles is one of the finest people that I’ve worked for.

“For Jeremy to put her in that role (at Tennessee) is a smart move because she is not afraid to say what she believes and to me you have to listen to her. She is a person that you listen to. For me, I could lean on Myra and talk to Myra and she would always come up with great advice.”

During Propst’s head coaching tenure at Hoover from 1999-2007, he surrounded himself with good people. He also knew that hiring people around him that excelled in organizational skills would be a key for success.

“We were able to surround ourselves with good people that knew how to work with people,” he said. “I think Tennessee will benefit from that. They are smart people and are organized.

“I am not the most organized person in the world, so I knew I had to surround myself with organized people and I think that is the make of anybody that is successful in this business, is wherever your strengths are, don’t strengthen your strengths – strengthen your weaknesses and wherever you are weak then hire strength.”

Miles is Executive Assistant to Pruitt at Tennessee for a reason. She understands Pruitt and his work ethic in achieving a goal of being the best at everything. Having Miles in the UT football program helps Pruitt and his staff from an organizational standpoint and having the ability to spend more time on the football end as head coach.

“Jeremy is no different from me,” Propst said. “He wants to be in the coaches room and he doesn’t want to be pulled out of that room. Jeremy wants that defense to have his name on it and have his touch on it.”

Propst says that Pruitt having a support staff that includes people like Miles helps him stay in the football room to continue to go over film, preparation, scouting, etc., which helps alleviate some of the off-the-field items that come from being in the head coaches seat.

Miles told Vols Wire that she is “trying to do everything to make him be successful in his first year as head coach.”

“I am just proud to have a very small part in this program,” Miles said.

“It is a great vibe, a really great vibe as far as the closeness and some of the hardest working coaches, graduate assistants and quality control guys I have ever been around,” she said. “They are also so passionate about their job, but they are also fun. They can be uptight and then they can walkout of that room and take a deep breath, get a cup of coffee and then go back at it.

“Having the Hoover guys here has been just fabulous. I sit back and smile because I’m just so proud. I am proud of Jeremy because I know his aspirations to be a head coach haven’t been there just this past season, he has had them for awhile and he has been ready, and this opportunity was a great opportunity. Then to get to work with Kevin, Todd and Brandon is unbelievable.”

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