Wichita State hires Paul Mills as head men’s basketball coach

Paul Mills, who has led Oral Roberts to two NCAA Tournaments in the last three years, has been hired as the new head coach at Wichita State. Mills went 106-84 overall in six seasons at ORU, a tenure that included becoming the second-ever 15-seed to reach the Sweet Sixteen in 2021 and an undefeated Summit League slate in 2022-23 – both team featured scoring machine Max Abmas.

“Paul Mills’ heart for people, passion for life and approach to the development of young people and programs is energizing,” AD Kevin Saal said in a release. “He aligns with Shocker Athletics’ core values, facilitates a first-class student-athlete experience and fuels broad-based competitive excellence. We are thrilled to welcome the Mills family – Paul, Wendy, Audrey and Abbey – to Wichita, Wichita State University and Shocker Nation!”

Mills was hired at ORU in 2017 after spending fourteen years with Scott Drew at Baylor. After winning 11 games in each of is two first seasons, he had four-straight winning records that culminated with this year’s 30-win campaign. The Golden Eagles won the Summit League outright for the first time since 2012.

“My family and I are extremely excited about being a part of Wichita State University,” said Mills. “The rich history, winning tradition and unbelievable community support will keep us working on behalf of the GREATEST fans in all of college basketball. We can’t wait!”

Wichita moved on from former head coach Isaac Brown earlier this month following three seasons at the helm. The Shockers last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2021 and last reached the Sweet Sixteen in 2015.


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