You're Invited to hear our next speaker, Paul Mills.
Paul Mills was named the head coach for ORU basketball on April 28, 2017 after 14 years on staff at Baylor. 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.”