Oct. 30, 2003
WACO, Texas -
Baylor men's basketball head coach Scott Drew announced the hiring of Paul Mills as coordinator of basketball operations Wednesday. Mills' primary responsibilities will include opponent scouting and aiding in the daily administration of the basketball program.
"Coach Mills is highly thought of throughout the state of Texas," Drew said. "A past member of the board of directors in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and a very successful coaching career in high school and at Rice make him a nice fit in the Baylor community. He is also known as an extremely hard worker and a good Christian man."
Prior to joining Baylor, Mills served as coordinator of men's basketball at Rice in 2002-2003. Mills was a part of a staff that achieved the school's second-best record in the past 48 years; the squad won more games than any other Owls team under coach Willis Wilson. The Owls finished the year 19-10 and captured third place in the Western Athletic Conference.
"Paul Mills is a very knowledgeable basketball person, who is a big time go-getter," Wilson said. "He is a quality person who will do a great job for the Baylor basketball program."
Mills served as a head coach in the Texas high school ranks before joining the staff at Rice. Most recently, he served as the head coach at Fort Bend Baptist Academy from 1999-2002, guiding the school to its first-ever appearance in the Final Four of the TAPPS 4A state tournament during his final season. Before that, Mills was the head coach at North Belt Christian from 1996-1999, leading the team to a 63-17 record during his three-year tenure.
He was named TAPPS 4A South Region coach of the year and four times received district coach of the year awards during his six seasons in high school basketball. Mills served on the board of directors of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and as a board member of the Greater Houston Private School Classic before moving to the collegiate ranks.
A Houston native, Mills was an all-state basketball player before graduating from MacArthur High School in Houston. He signed with Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla., where he played as a freshman for one season before an injury forced him to transfer to Texas A&M. He earned his bachelor's degree in finance from Texas A&M in 1996.
Mills and his wife, Wendy, reside in Waco.