Micah Hancock addresses the crowd during her recognition assembly.
Olympic gold medalist and former Edmond Memorial High School graduate Micah Hancock was recently recognized in front of staff and students during an outdoor assembly.
“They took care of me then, and they showed me love when I came back,” Hancock said. “I am just super happy to be from Oklahoma and Memorial.”
Hancock was the first volleyball player to be honored by Edmond Memorial for her outstanding career. A replica of her high school jersey will be framed and on display at the school alongside other accomplished individuals within the athletics department, according to Edmond Memorial Athletic Director Kyle Roberts.
This past summer, Hancock won gold at the Tokyo Olympics in Women’s Volleyball. This was not her first Olympic medal. She won the silver medal in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
“What makes Micah special is Micah,” said former Edmond Memorial Volleyball Coach Edgar Miraku. “She is the type of player who would beg me to stay after practice.”
During her middle school years, Hancock would come to watch her older sister play volleyball at Edmond Memorial, often wanting to practice with the older students.
“She was not afraid of getting in there with the older kids,” Miraku said.
She would get her chance freshman year when she was asked to be on the varsity team, often reserved for outstanding players. That year, two to three freshmen were asked, which Miraku said, “was special.”
Miraku would coach her for four years with two of those being in a club, but the mentorship continued.
Hancock was a six-rotation player often being a setter in the back, and hitter in the front. She and others led Edmond Memorial to win the state championship in the fall of 2010.
“She always had a killer jump serve and topspin,” Miraku said. “Her offensive ability made her crucial.”
Hancock graduated in 2011 and went on to Penn State. She and Miraku have stayed in touch over the years and on a recent trip to Oklahoma Hancock took time to watch Miraku’s daughter play during a volleyball match.
“Edgar showed me how important the basics are,” Hancock said. “He gave me the foundations I use to this day.”
Now, Hancock is back to playing with the Igor Gorgonzola Novara team in Italy. The team is considered one of the best volleyball teams in Europe, after winning the Italian Cup, the Champion of Europe, and the CEV Champions League in Berlin, in 2019.