St. David volleyball coach Tylene Kieffer Miller passed away last Friday at her home in Saint David, Arizona at the age of 59. Ty is survived by her loving husband, Marlin Miller; her three siblings, Darla Taylor Colvin, Monty Kieffer, and Cindy Turner Gillespie and many nieces and nephews.
Miller led the Tigers to four state championships (2013, 2016, 2019 and 2020) along with two runner-up finishes (2010 and 2018), making the Pima, Arizona native one of the most successful volleyball coaches in Southern Arizona history.
Funeral services were held for Tylene Saturday morning as residents of the small town lined their country road in her honor as she passed to be laid to rest in Pima Cemetery.
On a personal note, Miller had a kind soul and I enjoyed watching her championship teams play each year. Her success from a small town was as exciting as any other championships from the greater Tucson area. She always had the time to speak to me after matches and we will honor her by naming our Small School Coach of the Year after her this fall.
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