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OUAZ Names Milee Karre Head Women’s Basketball Coach
– OUAZ Director of Athletics Kevin Steele announced Tuesday that Milee Karre has been named head coach for the Spirit Women’s Basketball team, in time for their inaugural 2017-18 season. Karre joins OUAZ, after previously serving as the interim head women’s basketball coach at Grand Canyon University.
“It is with great delight that I welcome Milee (Karre) to our OUAZ coaching family,” said OUAZ Director of Athletics Kevin Steele. “After serving most recently as the interim head coach at GCU following a long and distinctive time as an assistant at the same university, it is his time to take the full reins and lead the Spirit Women's Basketball program from origin to eventual national prominence.”
Steele continued, “Everyone who knows Milee says the same thing, he is a tireless and a relentless worker who rolls up his sleeves and goes to work bringing everything he has to offer every day. I have full confidence in Milee to lead our program with steadfast Christian integrity, passion, compassion and enthusiasm. He is completely familiar with the area, having grown up in Buckeye, and played at GCU before playing professionally overseas. He is an ideal fit and will be a fantastic head coach for us.”
Milee Karre just completed his sixth season on the GCU bench, as an assistant coach under GCU head women’s basketball coach Trent May. While on the sidelines, Karre was a part of five winning seasons; including four 20-win seasons.
Karre was a member of the GCU men’s basketball team from 2005-09. He played in 105 games over four seasons, leading the Antelopes in assists to turnover ratio (3:1) during his senior season in 2008-09. Karre’s best season statistically was in 2007-08 when he played in 27 games and averaged 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Karre helped lead the Lopes to the NCAA Division 2 Sweet 16 in the 2007-08 season.
“I would like to thank President Kevin Eichner, Director of Athletics Kevin Steele, and Provost Dennis Tyner for believing in me during the interview process,” said OUAZ head women’s basketball coach Milee Karee. “I am very excited to start the women's basketball program from the ground up. It's a unique opportunity at a unique university. I grew up in the west valley in Buckeye, Arizona and it's a dream come true to go full circle and be at OUAZ."
The Buckeye native was a three-time all-region selection and West Valley Region Most Valuable Player in 2005 at Buckeye Union High School.
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