Douglas Mills

Douglas Mills (1907-1993)

Teams coached: Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois record: 151-66 (.696)
Overall record: 151-66 (.696)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1936-1947 Illinois

Douglas Mills Facts

  • Douglas R. Mills
  • Born April 9, 1907
  • Died August 12, 1993
  • Hometown: Elgin, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: University of Illinois (BA, 1930)
  • Won back-to-back Illinois state championships (1924 and 1925) while playing at Elgin HS (IL)
    • In 2007, Mills was named one of the 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament
  • Went on to play for head coach Craig Ruby at Illinois; also played quarterback on the football team
  • Started his coaching career with a five-year stint at Joliet Central HS (IL), from 1930-1935
    • Was 68-36 overall, reaching the state quarterfinals in his final year there
  • Returned to Champaign, serving as head basketball coach (1936-47) and assistant football coach (1936-41)
  • Had taken on the role of athletic director in 1941 and in 1947, he stepped away from coaching to focus on his AD duties
    • Stayed in that position for a total of 25 years, retiring in 1966 after 30+ years at his alma mater
  • Passed away in 1993 at the age of 85, still living in the Champaign-Urbana area

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