Tori Miller Makes History As The G League’s First Woman General Manager

Like a Hawk, The Sky’s the Limit for Skyhawks GM Tori Miller

From Summer Basketball Camp Counselor to now GM of the College Park Skyhawks, Tori Miller’s ascent up the basketball operational ladder has been historical and nothing short of inspirational. Why? That’s because in early July when Tori Miller was named the GM of the College Park Skyhawks, she became the first woman ever to be a General Manager of an NBA G League team.

The Decatur, GA native’s story didn’t start with her becoming the assistant general manager of the Skyhawks in July of 2019. Instead, this journey began in 2013 when she graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Sports Administration. In 2014 she served as a Marketing and Sales Intern for WBCA before heading to Phoenix to start her first NBA gig as a Basketball Operations Intern for the Phoenix Sun. In 2017 she returned once more to the Greater Atlanta area, where she became the Manager of Basketball Operations for the Erie BayHawks. Before ultimately moving on to work for the College Park Skyhawks. For a year, Tori worked as the Skyhawks Assistant General manager prior to her recent promotion as the team’s General Manager.

Manifesting her dreams, she told NBA.com, is the key to her rising career. “It’s pretty simple. My motivation is that I believe in making the impossible possible. I think that mindset creates opportunities. That’s what I always revert back to and keep fighting. I know I want to be a game-changer,” Tori says. 

“You have to believe in making the impossible possible.”

Tori breaking the glass ceiling in the NBA doesn’t only change the route for herself but also for girls in the future with similar career aspirations. As the first woman GM in the G league, Tori set the standard by becoming the standard. As she continues to create history on a world stage, her work and presence is forcing the sports industry to become more inclusive and open their eyes to the leadership women can offer.

“That’s something that motivates me because it’ll be easier for the next girl that sends out her résumé for that basketball operations internship. It won’t be thrown out because she’s a girl. I can be someone who can break the mold and create a path for others looking to break in.”

Two years ago Kelly Krauskopf became the NBA’s first female assistant GM when she was hired by the Indiana Pacers. As Tori Miller soars higher in her career with the world watching, one can only hope to see her and other women soon become general managers in the NBA. There is no doubt that Tori will accomplish that in her career.

 

Isha Kamara

Isha is a Communications Intern at Walkers Legacy. She also owns her own brand Iced Out Cosmetics that launched in 2018, which she uses to uplift WOC and LGBT members by using makeup as a tool for diversity. Through Iced Out Cosmetics, Isha has been a member of UMD's Startup Shell Xi Batch, Terp Startup 2019 Cohort, and Do Good Spring Fellowship for Spring 2020.

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