Two Decades Later, Coach Curt Miller Still Stands Alone

When Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller was a young college assistant basketball coach, there were no openly gay, male coaches in the highest levels of basketball for him to look up to. “As I was moving through the assistant ranks, that was my biggest question: Could I be authentically myself and be hired as a head coach?” Miller said.  For Miller, the answer was “yes.” Since Bowling Green State University hired him as the head coach of its women’s basketball team in 2001, Miller has been successful at every level he’s coached.  But two decades after he became the

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All the Way from Tokyo, Olympian Honors Her New London Roots

NEW LONDON — The crowd roared for India Pagan — a two-time Class LL state champion with New London High School and now a member of the women’s Olympic basketball team for Puerto Rico — during Thursday’s Olympic tournament game that was live-streamed from Tokyo at the Garde Arts Center.  The Puerto Rico team was holding the Belgium national team in check — including Emma Meesseman, the 2019 Women’s National Basketball Association Finals Most Valuable Player — early on in the game, but Puerto Rico was struggling to make shots. As the first quarter was winding down, Pagan entered the

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Stratford’s Alyssa Naeher Plays Two Matches at Rentschler Field, Next Stop Tokyo Olympics

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EAST HARTFORD — Gearing up for her second Olympic Games – and the first as the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. Women’s National Team – a pair of friendly tune-up matches against Mexico at Rentschler Field is the perfect send-off for Stratford native Alyssa Naeher. The team heads to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics looking to bring back a gold medal after its run of three straight Olympic gold medals ended with a disappointing quarterfinal loss to Sweden in the 2016 Rio Olympics and a fifth place finish. It was the team’s first Olympic loss since falling to Norway in the

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Hack, Corrigan Head to a Tokyo Olympics ‘More Focused on the Competition’

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By the end of the summer, Louis Zubek, the former rowing coach for Lyme-Old Lyme High School, will be able to say that he has coached not one, but two Olympic athletes.  That’s because Lyme-Old Lyme alumni Austin Hack, 29, and Liam Corrigan, 23, will be part of the U.S. men’s eight boat that races on the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo at this summer’s Olympic Games.  Although Hack and Corrigan are competing in the same boat, Zubek said it was a shame that he didn’t have the opportunity to coach both athletes together at Lyme-Old Lyme — Hack graduated

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