Mills takes over WC’s men’s basketball program

WILMINGTON — A point guard on the court during his playing days, Micah Mills will now lead Wilmington College’s men’s basketball program from the sidelines.

“It’s an absolute honor and a blessing to become the next head coach of men’s basketball at Wilmington College,” said Mills. “I want to thank President Trevor Bates, Senior Athletic Director Bill Wilson and the entire Search Committee for entrusting me with this honor. I also want to thank KC Hunt for providing me with mentorship and support. opportunity to grow as a coach under his guidance over the past seven years. I relish the opportunity to follow in his footsteps here at Wilmington and at the OAC. Wilmington’s men’s basketball tradition is one that has never steadily growing over the years, and I am excited and focused to ensure I lead this program into a successful future.

Hunt was not re-signed as a men’s basketball coach after 15 seasons as head coach. Hunt is 185-195 and trails only legendary Fred Raizk (193 wins) in wins for the men’s basketball program. Mills emerged from a nationwide search of more than 130 applicants. He becomes the seventh head men’s basketball coach in the NCAA Division III era (since 1990).

“We had many qualified candidates for this position, but Micah rose to the top during the interview process,” Wilson said. “He truly cares about Wilmington College, and we are confident he will move our men’s basketball program to a consistently competitive spot in OAC and NCAA Division III.”

Mills has spent the past seven years with the World Championship men’s basketball program, the last four of which as associate head coach. In his first four years with the program, the Fightin’ Quakers improved their win tally each year, culminating in the 2018-19 campaign which saw Wilmington come just one game away from their first regular season title. OAC. During that year, WC was regionally ranked and finished with an overall record of 17-8 and a 13-5 mark in conference play, tied for the most OAC wins in one. only season in school history.

Ten Quakers earned All-OAC honors during Mills’ tenure, including first-team selections in Jeffery Mansfield (twice) and DaeShawn Jackson. Two individuals during that time – Mansfield and Christian Jones – scored over 1,000 career points.

While in the WC off the basketball court, Mills helped with multicultural recruiting for the admissions office, taught for several classes, oversaw the college’s intramural program, and served as assistant athletic director.

Asked about his vision for the program, Mills said: “We will be a team that shows mental toughness and will always carry on, no matter what we face. We will be a team that will play together with a level of passion and joy that is inspiring to watch. We also look forward to getting more involved and rooting ourselves more in the Wilmington City community.

Along with his WC duties, Mills serves as the principal of Point Guard College (PGC) Basketball, an organization dedicated to inspiring and equipping every player and coach to succeed on and off the court. He has held this position for almost a decade.

Prior to Wilmington, Mills was an assistant coach at OAC member Otterbein University for three seasons. He also spent time in Parkersburg, W. Va., teaching and coaching high school basketball.

A native of Dover, Ohio, Mills attended Ohio Valley University in West Virginia, where he served as a letterer for four years for the Fighting Scots basketball team.

During his career, Mills was a four-year-old man of letters, as well as a three-time captain of the Fighting Scots. He finished his career as the program’s all-time leader in assists and free throw percentage. Mills earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio Valley and holds a master’s degree in sports science paramedic from Otterbein.

“This moment wouldn’t be possible without my amazing family, my close friends, all the players I’ve been fortunate enough to coach at all of my stops, and my coaching mentors,” Mills said. “I was blessed to play for two legendary coaches at Dover High School in Dan Ifft (soccer) and Bob Von Kaenel (basketball). Coach Ifft instilled in me as a player to never back down from competition and to show up every day with a champion attitude and elite effort in everything you do Coach Von Kaenel has always emphasized being a great teammate and being disciplined with the fundamentals. They both taught me first hand the positive impact a coach can have in the lives of their players. This responsibility to have a positive impact is something I will never take lightly! »

Mills’ first game as head coach is scheduled for Nov. 11 at the Defiance College Purple and Gold Classic.

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