Briana Miller is arguably the best junior player in American history.
Not only has she won multiple titles, she completely dominated the Junior scene and competed in her first WPBA US Open at only 13 years of age. In 2010, I had the opportunity to play Miss Miller at the WPBA Regional Tour Championships. I lost 7-1 and she went on to earn her WPBA tour card at 15 years of age.
She continues to impress the pool world, with a ferocity and poise well beyond her years. I wish her all the best in her endeavors and I am hopeful that her passion for billiards continues her whole life. She is a shining example of how pocket billiards can be a positive influence on our youth.
ME: How old were you when you started playing pool? Briana: I was eight years old when I started to play pool. ME: What do you like about pocket billiards? Briana: I like the competitive aspect and meeting new people. ME: What do you like to do besides pool? Briana: Go shopping, listen to music, hang out with friends and play softball. ME: What are some of your proudest memories both on and off the table? Briana: Proudest moment off the table…High School Graduation and starting college Proudest memories on the table… Winning 7 consecutive Junior National 9-Ball Championships Representing the USA at 6 Junior WPA World Championships Winning the 2013 BCA National Championships Women’s Advanced Division. ME: Who have been the most influential people in your life? Briana: My family ME: Who are your favorite players? Players you look up to most? Why? Briana: Allison Fisher, because I love her game and she is a great role model for the sport. ME: Do you have any advice for young players just starting out? Briana: Never give up, set goals and try to keep improving to attain them. ME: What are your goals for the future? Briana: I am currently a freshman at Lindenwood University and I am competing on the LU Billiards team. I would like to obtain more National titles and possibly a World title at some point. ME: How do you feel about the BEF and what they do for youth, for you in particular? Briana: I appreciate everything about the BEF. They have provided me with scholarship money to put towards my college education. They have provided me the opportunity to travel to several parts of the United States as well as other countries in the World.
Briana is sponsored by Jacoby Custom Cues. She will not be representing North America in the Junior World 9 Ball Championships because she is focusing on her new role as a student. She is a freshman, majoring in finance at Lindenwood University. One smart cookie – Best of luck little lady, we will all be rooting for your success!
Photo credit: Suzanne Smith
Editor: Dana Gornall