WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The search for a new men’s basketball coach at Wichita State University (WSU) appears to be over.
WSU said on Wednesday that Oral Roberts coach Paul Mills will be introduced as its 27th head men’s basketball coach at 3:30 p.m. Thursday inside Charles Koch Arena.
“My family and I are extremely excited about being a part of Wichita State University,” Mills said. “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!”
On Tuesday, multiple media outlets in Tulsa, Oklahoma, reported Mills was coming to Wichita to become the head coach of the Shockers. Mills even confirmed the news himself, saying to the Tulsa World that he spoke to his team about leaving for the Shockers.
Mills has spent the past six years rebuilding the program at Oral Roberts, earning bids to two of the last three NCAA tournaments.
In 2021 Mills became just the second coach in history to guide a No. 15 seed to the Sweet 16, upsetting Ohio State and Florida in the first two rounds.
This past season he coached ORU to a 30-5 record, an undefeated run through the Summit League (18-0) and a No. 12 seed in the Big Dance.
Mills is currently a finalist for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award as well as the NABC’s Skip Prosser Man of the Year honor, presented annually to a coach who achieves success on the basketball court and displays moral integrity off of it.
“We are looking forward to the next chapter of WSU basketball under Paul Mills’ leadership,” WSU President Dr. Richard Muma said. “He’s fully aligned with our priorities, which includes creating success for our student athletes and a winning culture for all of Shocker Nation.”
K-State coach Jerome Tang sent a tweet after learning about Mills. It said, “you got a terrific coach and an even better person.”