NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

McMullen County lands hoops coach with big school pedigree


McMullen County ISD announced on Tuesday, June 23, that Jeremy Mills would be the next Head Coach of the Cowboys basketball team. Mills comes to McMullen County after a five-year stint at Class 5A Grapevine in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Pasadena Rayburn before that. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEREMY MILLS

McMullen County ISD announced on Tuesday, June 23, that Jeremy Mills would be the next Head Coach of the Cowboys basketball team. Mills comes to McMullen County after a five-year stint at Class 5A Grapevine in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Pasadena Rayburn before that. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEREMY MILLS

Two years ago, Jeremy Mills first heard about McMullen County High School.

The then-Head Coach of Grapevine High School was hoping to fill the vacancy that current Athletic Director Shannon Taylor filled as the Cowboys’ Head Coach. Mills and his family wanted to be in a smaller school that allowed their kids more opportunities to experience.

Mills said he was taken aback by all that McMullen County ISD had to offer during the interview process two years ago.

“We were completely blown away by everything McMullen County ISD has to offer,” Mills emphasized. “From the great administration, to the great students, to the great facilities, to the very supportive school board members. We were just blown away by everyone we met. Two years ago, we knew we wanted to go to a smaller school for our kids. … When we met everyone, we were very excited for that opportunity and we were heartbroken that we didn’t get the job that first time.”

On Tuesday, June 23, McMullen County ISD announced that Mills would be their new boy’s basketball Head Coach. For Mills and his family, the dream they found two years ago finally came true.

 

 

“Two weeks ago, when [Principal] Joe Timms called and offered me the job, we jumped all over it,” Mills said.

Mills comes to Mc- Mullen County with an extensive resumé at some of the state’s top levels. From 2000-2009, Mills served as an assistant to Randy Weisinger and current San Antonio Madison Head Coach Chris Romine at Georgetown. From Georgetown, Mills got his first big break as the Head Coach at Gonzales in 2009. After one year leading the Apaches, Mills got the job at his hometown school, Pasadena Rayburn. After a five-year stint at Rayburn, Mills and his family headed to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex where he spent five years at the helm of the Grapevine Mustangs.

In the end, Mills thinks his stops along the way to McMullen County will help him guide the Cowboys to new heights coming off a regional quarterfinal trip in 2020.

“I’ve been in the Austin area, … the Houston area, we’ve been in the DFW area. I’ve been in all the major cities and I’ve seen every kind of style of basketball you can imagine,” Mills said. “I’m just excited to bring my experience to McMullen County and, hopefully, build on the success they’ve had and maybe take it to another level.”

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