Oral Roberts' Paul Mills named next Wichita State head basketball coach
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Wichita State has named a new head coach for its men's basketball team.
WSU said in a released that former Oral Roberts' coach Paul Mills will be introduced Thursday as the 27th head coach of Shockers basketball. The free event will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Charles Koch Arena, with live streaming available on ESPN+
"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!"
Mills has spent six seasons with Oral Roberts. The release said the men's team earned bids to two of the last three NCAA tournaments. In 2021, he 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 ORU finished with a 30-5 record, an undefeated run through the Summit League and a No. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
"Paul Mills' heart for people, passion for life and approach to the development of young people and programs is energizing," WSU Director of Athletics Kevin Saal said. "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!"
"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."
Oral Roberts' Paul Mills will be filling the head coach vacancy at Wichita State, per reports.
University of Tulsa Beat Writer Kelly Hines says that Paul Mills met with his team and informed the players that he is taking the Wichita State job.
Paul Mills has been at Oral Roberts since 2017.
His team went unbeaten in the Summit League this year, and lost to Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.