MILFORD – It’s been Milford alumnus Adam Miracle’s dream to play volleyball professionally. Given the dearth of opportunities to do so in the United States, he would have to take his game overseas.
At the beginning of August, his dream will be realized when he suits up for TV Bliesen, a team in Sankt Wendel, Germany. It’s been a long process, but it’s paid off for Miracle.
“I’m so excited to have this opportunity,” Miracle said. “Once they committed, I took the chance because I didn’t know if something else was going to come along.”
Miracle, who is represented by Joost Kooistra of eLTee Volley, understood how big the offer truly was because in German leagues, teams are only allowed to have two international players.
“This is a chance to get my foot in the door and improve through the ranks,” he said.
German volleyball leagues are broken up in three tiers and Miracle’s team plays at the second level.
In the days leading up to his departure, Miracle has been navigating the language barrier and trying to file the necessary paperwork before he leaves for Frankfurt from New York. From Frankfurt, he will take a train to Sankt Wendel.
Bliesen is getting quite the player in Miracle, who played at the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina.
During his time as a Trojan, Miracle was a first-team all-Conference Carolinas performer and a member of the York College all-tournament team.
He is also the program’s record holder for kills in a match (28) and kills in a season (337). At one point, he held the school record for kills in a career but has since been surpassed.
While at Milford, he was a first-team all-region player, team captain and the team’s most valuable player.
“To see him accomplish his dream to play professionally, you can say momma’s proud,” said Adam’s mother, Reeda.
After he is done playing, whenever that might be, Miracle wants to get into coaching, which is a logical progression. He studied sports administration in college as well.
When looking at his overseas opportunity from that aspect, he thinks seeing how other coaches from across the world handle their craft will broaden his knowledge of the profession and ultimately help him in the future.
All in all, Miracle is just happy he is getting this opportunity.
“Around Cincinnati, you don’t see too many players from smaller schools like Milford make it big,” he said. “Those players tend to be from big schools like Elder and St. X. It’s awesome to see a guy like me from a small school make it.”