Millie George-Gilion

Millie George-Gilion was a trendsetter for girls’ athletics at Miami where she became one of the career scoring leaders in basketball, and was a three event state champion in track. During the basketball era when girls played six on six, Millie scored 45 points against Pryor on February 3, 1981, and ten days later scored 45 points again against Bartlesville. She scored 41 points vs. Tahlequah later that same season. She was the Lady Wardogs first ever all-state basketball player her senior year and was the recipient of the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award in 1981. Mille also excelled in track where she won the long jump with a then state record of 18ft, 3 ½ inches. That same year she won the 80 yard and 200 yard hurdles. Millie was the Miami High School co-salutatorian of her class her senior year in 1981. 

Millie played collegiate basketball and softball at Crowder College in Neosho, and then finished her career at Northeast Louisiana University (Louisiana-Monroe). She returned to Crowder in 1988 as their head softball coach and was later named their athletic director. Her teams went 506-141 in 13 seasons as the Lady Riders’ softball coach. At that time, she was just the ninth NJCAA coach to win more than 500 games. Her teams finished second in the nation in 1991 and 1992. She coached the North Team at the 1993 United State Olympic Festival in San Antonio, Texas. She was then inducted into the NJCAA Softball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002.