Molly Miller, the daughter of former Canandaigua Academy Athletic Director Mike Foster, will soon be AD of a private school in South Carolina

She grew up in that world and now, Molly Miller is ready to make it her own world.

Miller, the daughter of former Canandaigua Academy Athletic Director Mike Foster, was recenlty named AD at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, S.C., the No. 1 ranked private school in South Carolina. Miller currently is the Upper School Dean of Students at the private school not far from Clemson University, and she’ll begin her AD duties this summer. 

At Canandaigua, Miller was familiar with the roles and duties of the AD as she tagged along with her father. And yes, the idea of becoming an AD herself was a thought in her young mind, even before she graduated CA in 1994.

“In high school, we did a job shadow thing and I followed Don Santini around at Fairport,” Miller said this week from South Carolina. “It was always in the back of my head.”

After college, she coached lacrosse and alpine skiing at Fairport before moving to Greenville. She’s been at Christ Church the last six years and helped start the girls lacrosse program at the school, where the Cavaliers lost in the state semifinals last week. She’s got a bit of knowledge when it comes to starting teams when, as a junior at CA, she was a member of the school’s first girls lacrosse team in 1993. 

And now, she’ll get the chance to be involved with every one of the 18 sports offered for boys and girls at Christ Church.

“I think it’s neat to put it all together,” she said of the AD process in terms of coordinating staffs, schedules and officials for home games. “Seventy-five percent of the student body here (grades 7-12) participate in at least one sport … I like having input on such a wide range of sports.”

Of course, she turned to dad for any words of wisdom. 

“Definitely,” she said. “Who wouldn’t want to take advice from him? He’s been my greatest teacher to date. I’m definitely lucky to have two great parents.”

For his part, Mike Foster is one proud father to have a daughter follow in his footsteps. 

“Any effective athletic director has to be a great communicator,” he said from South Carolina. “I’m sure Molly will reach out for advice, but this is her deal now … It’s funny. When we were in Canandaigua, she was Mike Foster’s daughter. But now, I’m Molly Foster’s father.”

Molly speaks fondly of her days in Canandaigua and says to a large part, it will always be home. She’s aware of the legacy her father built at CA, and how can she not be after running around as a child at countless wrestling matches, football games, basketball games and anything else involved with athletics?

“I grew up at every game and all those late nights, they’re some of my greatest memories,” said Miller. “My dad left such a big impact on the athletic department and the school district. If I can do half of what he did, I would consider myself successful.”

Miller lives in Greenville with her husband, Matthew, and daughter Foster Elizabeth and son, Graham Michael.

Chavez is sports editor at the Daily Messenger. Contact me at rchavez@messengerpostmedia.com or follow me @MPN_bchavez