While the coronavirus has schools not knowing if they are going backward or forward with their athletic teams, Destrehan looked to the future with its basketball programs.
Destrehan named Troy Green Sr. as the Wildcats’ boys’ basketball coach Wednesday night while the new girls’ basketball coach is Jenn Miller.
Green comes to Destrehan from White Castle, where he led the Bulldogs to a pair of state championships.
The decision to take over the Destrehan program meant Green was leaving his alma mater.
“It was a tough decision because of me being there for eight years and having so many ties. It was a dream job of mine to go back home and lead the program where I played but one thing about life is times will always change,” said Green. “Once you accomplish goals, to stay alive and ahead of things, you have to make new goals.
“Going on the 5A level is another goal of mine. It’s just another opportunity for me in this situation.”
A first-team all-state guard at White Castle in 1994 and 1995, Green was a point guard at Southeastern Louisiana from 1996-1999.
As a member of the Lions, Green was part of a Southeastern Louisiana team that was the 1996 Trans American Athletic Conference Co-Champions. Green was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year in 1996.
Green has been in coaching for 19 years, including 15 as a head coach.
In eight years as the head coach at his alma mater, Green led the Bulldogs to a pair of Class 1A state championships in 2017 and 2018 and was named Coach of the Year in 2018.
The type of team Destrehan will put on the court, said Green, will depend on the Wildcats’ personnel.
“I have to look at what we have and what we do well according to the talent. In ’17 and ’18 we won back-to-back state championships at White Castle and the two years, we had totally different teams. In ’17, we played slow. In ’18, we played fast. It just depends on the talent you have,” said Green.
A native of Charleston, W. Va., Miller has spent the past seven seasons at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans.
“It’s just got such a good reputation,” Miller said of the Destrehan girls’ program, “The entire athletic department and just what they did aa a team not too long ago going undefeated and winning state. They have the history there and it’s pretty recent history. I’m really excited about the opportunity and looking forward to getting things going.”
Miller was one of the top scorers in the state of West Virginia during her sophomore-senior years at Charleston Catholic High School and was named a USA Today honorable mention All-American her junior and senior seasons.
She played for Florida State from 1995-1997 and was a member of the Jacksonville Cougars semi-professional basketball team for a season.
Miller began her coaching career at Bartram Trail in Jacksonville. At the school for five years, the team made the regional fine game and lost by one point in double-overtime her third year before making it to the Final Four the following season.
After five years at Bartram Trail, Miller moved on to Stanton College Prep in Jacksonville for four years. After winning less than five game her first season, Miller guided her team to a 20-win season and a district championship by her third year.
Miller spent four years at Atlantic Coast High, also in Jacksonville, where she help to establish the athletic department at the new school.
Family ties brought her to Louisiana.
“My sister went to law school at Tulane and lives and works here. I would always come and visit and just fell in love with the city and wanted to be close to her and made the move,” said Miller.
Miller has been the coach at Lusher for the past seven years after spending her initial year in Louisiana at the Academy of Our Lady.
The type of team she will field at Destrehan, Miller said, likely will reflect her own personality.
“I kind of have an idea when I go in what I like to do and want to do but it’s easily tweaked based on what I’m working with. I like to get up and down the court quick. I like to push the ball up offensively. I like to press. I like to play in-your-face defense. I really, really like having a scrappy team that hustles a lot. I want my kids on the floor, diving after balls, taking charges. That’s the kind of player I was and I kind of want that from my team as well,” said Miller.