|THE PAUL MILLS FILE
|College||Texas A&M, 1996|
|Family||Wife: Wendy; daughters Audrey and Abbey|
|1996-99||North Belt Christian Academy, head coach|
|1999-02||Fort Bend Baptist Academy, head coach|
|2003-09||Baylor, coordinator of operations|
|2009-17||Baylor, assistant coach|
|2017-pres.||ORU, head coach|
|2007-08||NCAA, first round (Baylor)|
|2008-09||NIT, finals (Baylor)|
|2009-10||NCAA, Elite Eight (Baylor)|
|2011-12||NCAA, Elite Eight (Baylor)|
|2012-13||NIT, champions (Baylor)|
|2013-14||NCAA, Sweet 16 (Baylor)|
|2014-15||NCAA, first round (Baylor)|
|2015-16||NCAA, first round (Baylor)|
|2016-17||NCAA, Sweet 16 (Baylor)|
Paul Mills was named the head coach for ORU basketball on April 28, 2017 after 14 years on staff at Baylor.
Mills has led the Golden Eagles to a fifth place finish in The Summit League in each of his first two seasons in south Tulsa. A staple of the Golden Eagles through the first two years has been ORU's ability to rebound, leading The Summit League in rebounding margin within league games in both 2017-18 (+4.9) and 2018-19 (+5.4).
In 2018-19, ORU big men Emmanuel Nzekwesi and Kevin Obanor were both named to the All-Summit League second team, while Obanor picked up Freshman of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year and All-Newcomer Team honors as well. The awards marked the second year in a row in which ORU has taken home the Sixth Man of the Year award, and the second time in three years to have the league's Freshman of the Year. ORU's season was highlighted by a regular season sweep of Omaha, and key nonconference victories over James Madison and Richmond. ORU boasted the only duo (Nzekwesi and Obanor) to rank in the top 10 in The Summit League in both overall scoring and overall rebounding, and both ranked in the top 10 in field goal percentage as well.
In his first season in south Tulsa, Mills led ORU to a t-5th place finish in The Summit League, while earning four postseason honors from the league. Albert Owens was the Sixth Man of the year, Austin Ruder was the Transfer of the Year, Emmanuel Nzekwesi was an honorable mention All-Summit League selection and Sam Kearns was named to the All-Newcomer team. Additional honors for the Golden Eagles included Owens earning DI-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-League recognition.
Highlights from Mills' first season on the sidelines included a 19-point road win against Florida Gulf Coast and an ESPN SportsCenter number one play on a buzzer-beater from Ruder to beat North Dakota State.
“Coach Mills has a wealth of top level NCAA experience and came to us fully prepared to advance the ORU men’s basketball program to new heights,” said Carter. “I love the passion Coach Mills has for his players and this will be key as we continue to develop whole person champions. Coach Mills is here for the long-haul committing to a five year contract building toward a strong Golden Eagle men’s basketball future.”
“In Coach Mills we have a man of great character who has a passion for mentoring young men to be good citizens, good husbands, and spiritual leaders. Coach Mills has a fantastic family and a strong competitive nature,” said ORU President William Wilson. “We are excited for the days ahead.”
While on the staff at Baylor with Head Coach Scott Drew, Mills has helped the Bears graduate 36 of 38 seniors and has helped lead Baylor to a pair of NCAA Elite Eights, four Sweet 16’s and four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. The Bears have been ranked in the top 25 for 10 straight seasons and were ranked number one in the country for the first time in school history during the 2016-17 season.
Mills was on the Rice staff from 2002-03 and the head coach at Fort Bend Christian Academy from 1999-2002, taking them to the TAPPS 4A Final Four for the first time in school history and was the South Region Coach of the Year and a four-time District Coach of the Year. Prior to his time in Sugar Land, Texas, Mills won three straight district championships as the head coach at North Belt Christian.
Mills served as the Big 12 representative for the National Association of Basketball Coaches and was a board member for the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches from 2001-03. He is a 1996 graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in finance, and is married to Wendy Scott-Mills. The couple has two daughters, Audrey and Abbey.
What they are saying about Mills
Scott Drew - Head Coach Baylor University
"Coach Mills is a perfect fit at Oral Roberts University. For 14 seasons he has played a critical role in our success at Baylor, recruiting relentlessly, developing our players on and off the court, and being a spiritual leader in our program. He is more than ready for this challenge. As a deeply rooted Christian, he will fully embrace the spiritual mission of ORU. Paul can flat out coach. He’s won at every level that he has been at as a top high school coach and a prominent major conference assistant and he will win at ORU. We are going to miss him at Baylor but major congratulations to ORU on a fantastic hire."