By Nathan DiCamillo
Alumni Miranda Geever graduated from Olivet in Spring 2014 with a B.S. in Chemistry. She played basketball at Olivet from 2010-2014. She helped the Tigers reach the highest ever scoring average for a women’s college basketball team in 2014, according to ONU Marketing.
What was your fondest memory being an ONU athlete?
Oh gosh. Honestly, just being a part of such a loving family—cause’ that’s what it is. You spend all your time with your team and you just grow with each other. Having the opportunity to meet so many new people and such great people. I loved every single person on my team. Honestly, Just getting the opportunity to know them and calling them my family.
What did you like best about being a student athlete?
Having the opportunity to play the sport that I love for God as well. Using the abilities and talents that he gave me to glorify him.
What did you like least or what was the hardest part about being an athlete at ONU?
The most difficult thing, not necessarily what I liked least about it, but what was probably most difficult was time management. And just trying to fit in everything. Cause you’re playing a sport, you’re going to school, but you also want to do fun things, you want to hang out with your friends, you know? And sometimes you have to sacrifice one thing for another. Obviously school comes first and then sports and so definitely hard time-management-wise
What life lessons have you gotten out of being an ONU athlete?
Oh my gosh, too many to count? Can that be an answer?
What would be the biggest life lesson then?
I would say probably [the idea] that work ethic is so valuable. The time and the work that you put into it shows what you are going to get out of it. The more you practice the more you are going to get out of the game. The more work you put into different aspects of your life, the more you are going to get out of your life I think.
What are you doing with basketball now?
Obviously, preparing for an alumni game that we are going to have. An alumni game on Saturday after the homecoming so it will be Saturday at 11. A bunch of the alumni are going to play so that will be fun. But I’m actually assistant coaching at my high school, at Moline High School.
What opportunities do you have in coaching there?
Right now I am definitely doing it because I love the game so much and it’s already hard to be away from it and I know I can use what I’ve learned through college especially to help other people. I think that’s one of the most important things that you can do: use what God gave you and the lessons that he has taught you and help other people.
How do you think basketball will play out later on in your life?
I really hope I can coach, it just depends on my work schedule obviously. I don’t think I can ever stop playing the game. Obviously if I’m 74 and can’t move anymore… you know, it’s always going to be a huge part of my life. I’ve played it practically my whole life and I don’t think it’s ever something that will just go away, you know?
What have you missed most about ONU and what have you missed most about being an ONU Athlete?
Most about Olivet… Everyone jokes about being in that bubble and being stuck in the rules and that kind of thing, but honestly I think that’s what I miss the most. Everyone says it’s a bubble but that’s what I miss most. I miss the community, I miss just how nice and genuine people are, I miss going to chapel twice a week, I honestly miss all those things and I didn’t really think that I would. So that’s been really tough and just transitioning out of that. Cause’ Olivet’s a community, we’re all one community, and almost everyone knows each other and that’s really, really nice. Because in the real world it’s not like that. People are different and it makes it tough.
Being an athlete…. Just going back to just being around your “family” and friends, seeing them everyday and being able be in community with them, just goof around and that kind of thing.
Last year, you guys [the 2013-2014 women’s basketball team] got the highest scoring average in the NAIA, do you think that will continue?
I honestly do think that will continue. The team this year, they’re young, but they has so much energy and enthusiasm unlike any that I’ve seen cause’ I went and surprised coach on Friday at their practice. Just watching, they have an unbelieveable level of energy and enthusiasm. Just the way that Lauren (Stamatis) coaches just everyone’s work ethic and just playing the system… We’ve been national scoring leaders every year so I definitely think that will continue.