Mimi Bolden is a nature of love and hope. Her story is something every person should hear, no matter what their background may be or where they come from.
According to a press release from Michigan on Tuesday, Milan (Mimi) Bolden-Morris has been appointed as the first female graduate assistant coach at a Power 5 college.
On June 1, Bolden-Morris, who just concluded her basketball career at Georgetown, will start working with Michigan’s quarterbacks. Mike Morris, a senior defensive end at Michigan, is her sister.
In a prepared statement, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said, “I have always believed in creating chances for folks who are passionate about football, and Mimi is someone who has showed that determination to become a football coach.” “When we had many opportunities this spring, Mimi contacted out and indicated interest in one of our graduate assistant jobs. We had some wonderful discussions, and I was quite pleased with her enthusiasm and ideas for teaching and improving our team as a whole. Mimi is a bright, knowledgeable, and competitive young lady who will be an excellent addition to our offensive coaching team and program. We’re excited to have Mimi step into this position and work with our quarterbacks. We’re excited to see what fresh ideas she’ll bring to our team.”
Bolden-Morris will graduate from Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy or the School of Social Work in May with a master’s degree in sports management. She was a starter guard for the Hoyas this past season after transferring from Boston College to Georgetown as a graduate student halfway through the 2020-21 season.
Bolden-Morris, a native of Belle Glade, Florida, remarked in the announcement, “The chance to be the first female GA in the Power 5, particularly the Big Ten, is a tremendous pleasure.” “It speaks much about Coach Harbaugh’s attempts to build a welcoming workplace. Until recently, these chances were unheard of for a black woman. Growing up watching my father coach my brother, I’ve always wanted to be a part of a football team in some capacity, and this chance allows me to do just that, particularly working with quarterbacks. Guards and quarterbacks are interchangeable in the basketball world. Both are capable of making split-second judgments, reading defenses, taking care of the ball, and executing with precision and accuracy.”
This season, Bolden-Morris started all 29 games for the Hoyas, averaging 35 minutes per game. With 12.6 points per game, she led the squad in scoring, with 83 of her 123 shots coming from beyond the 3-point line. Her 83 3-pointers were the most in the Big East. Bolden-Morris made 15 appearances and started 13 games since joining the club in January 2021. With 9.5 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game, she was the Hoyas’ second-leading scorer, and she made a team-high 24 3-pointers.
Bolden-Morris averaged 7.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in three seasons at Boston College before attending Georgetown. She started 31 of the 85 games she played in and scored in double digits in 29 of them.
“I’m certain that Coach Harbaugh and his team will provide me with the skills and knowledge I need to be the greatest because that’s who they are and what they know,” Bolden-Morris continued. “They are blue-blooded! Working in such a renowned and successful workplace has shaped me to provide more chances for women pursuing a similar career path. I may be the first woman to accomplish anything on this scale, but I am certain that my mission is larger, and that I can utilize this blessing to help others.”