Connie Miner was coming of age when Title IX became law in 1972. A natural athlete, Miner excelled in many sports and even substituted on Red Cloud’s summer league baseball team. Organized women’s sports were limited while Miner was in high school, but at the University of Nebraska at Kearney she played on the collegiate softball team. Upon graduation, she went from being a player to the team’s unpaid assistant softball coach while also working a factory job full-time at night to support herself. Within a relatively short window of time, Miner earned her way to becoming a Division I head softball coach where she advocated for equity for her student athletes throughout her highly successful 40-year coaching career.