Lewis Mills

Lewis Mills (1937-2011)

Teams coached: Richmond Spiders
Richmond record: 110-170 (.393)
Overall record: 110-170 (.393)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1963-1974 Richmond

Lewis Mills Facts

  • Lewis Benson Mills
  • Born February 5, 1937
  • Died October 12, 2011
  • Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
  • Alma Mater: Virginia Polytechnic Institute (BA, 1960)
  • Was first-team all-state and won a state championship at Jefferson HS (VA) before going on to play for Chuck Noe at Virginia Tech
    • Inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame (class of 1991)
  • Hired in 1963 to be the head coach at Richmond; at just 26 years old, he was the youngest head coach in Division I
    • Went 110-170 in eleven seasons at the helm, twice earning SoCon COY honors
  • Left coaching in 1974 for a career in administration, spending 12 years (1974-86) as Athletic Director at VCU
    • Later spent four years as the Athletic Director at Western Kentucky, retiring in 1999

Lewis Mills Coaching Tree

  • Kevin Eastman (Washington State, UNC Wilmington, Belmont Abbey)