For the first time in history, Drury University’s athletic department will be led by a woman, but she is familiar to what the Drury culture is.
Former Lady Panthers basketball coach Nyla Milleson has been tabbed as the university’s next Athletic Director and Vice President.
The announcement comes as current AD for Drury, Corey Bray, will begin a new tenure at Oklahoma City University on March 20.
Milleson was the first Lady Panthers coach in school history, heading up the first team the university had in 2000. She coached the team for seven years, compiling an overall record of 185-36 that included multiple conference championships and a national championship appearance on the programs 4th year of existence.
“I am so excited that Nyla is going to be our next Athletic Director!” said Beth Pile, Chair, Athletics Committee of the Board of Trustees. “The Athletic Committee of Drury University’s Board of Trustees spent time speaking with her and all fully endorsed hiring her for this important position. Nyla impressed Drury University when she first arrived as the Lady Panthers inaugural coach over twenty years ago, winning the conference six out of seven years and taking the team to the NCAA Division II finals. She continues to impress with the breadth of experience she brings with her from other positions she has since held, along with her strong relationship-building skills, passion, and belief in academic excellence first.”