Sept. 6, 2007
Derek Mills Named Head Men's Tennis Coach at Santa Clara University
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Former Northwest Missouri State student-athlete and assistant tennis coach Derek Mills was named head men's tennis coach at Division I Santa Clara (Calif.) University, announced by the Broncos' athletic department on Sept. 5.
Mills spent the previous six years working as a tennis professional in Honolulu. In Hawaii, he coached athletes who went on to play on the Division I level throughout the United States. His players also won four Hawaii state championships.
Mills spent two years as the head men's and women's coach at Saint Louis University, where he placed three players on the All-Conference USA squad while maintaining a team GPA of 3.3 or better. He currently has two players from Saint Louis University earning points in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour.
Prior to SLU, Mills was an assistant coach for the men's and women's teams at Brigham Young University in 1997-98, helping guide the program to a 22-3 record and Western Athletic Conference title. In that year, he helped coach two women's student-athletes to All-America honors.
As a student-athlete at Northwest in 1994, he helped guide the Bearcats to a runner-up finish in the MIAA Tournament. Mills served as the men's assistant coach from 1995-97, leading Northwest to three straight MIAA titles and NCAA tournament appearances, posting the best winning percentage in 1995 with a 21-3 (.875) record. His 1995 squad finished 11th in nationwide rankings and 24th in 1996.
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