Grant McMillan, Head Coach
Panola College hired Grant McMillan as its new Men's Head Basketball Coach. McMillan comes to Panola from Northwest Florida State College where the Raiders just won the 2015 NJCAA National Basketball Championship. Prior to Northwest Florida, Coach McMillan has been at Independence Community College, Howard College, TCU, and Texas A&M. He has a bachelors from Texas Christian Universtiy and earned his Masters Degree from Texas A&M University.
"Coach McMillan has had the opportunity to work for some of the best programs and coaches in the country and has a history with winning programs. We are excited about what he will bring to Panola College as we begin a new era in our basketball program," states Don Clinton, Vice President of Student Services and Athletic Director of Panola College.
This year at Northwest Florida State College they compiled a 33-2 record, won the Panhandle Conference Championship, then the Florida State Championship, on their way to winning the NJCAA National Championship. McMillan was the top assistant coach, and was in charge of the Raiders Defense. McMillan worked under NJCAA National Coach of the Year Steve DeMeo. McMillan aided in the development of Florida State Signee Benji Bell who was the Florida Player of the Year, and was also an All-American. McMillan also recruited and coached five other Division One Signees. Treshaad Williams (Morehead State), Xavier Moon (Morehead State), Keith Charleston (SE Louisiana), Jordan Capps (SE Louisiana), and Jalen Jackson (Arkanas Little Rock). NWF was #14 in the Preseason National Poll, and went undefeated in Non-Conference, losing only two conference games before ending a twenty year gap between National Championship Titles.
At Independence Communtiy College the program won the Jayhawk Eastern Division title with a Conference record of 11-1. This was their first conference in fourteen years.The Pirates swept the season series with Coffeyville CC and Cowley CC for the first time in twenty years. At Independence CC, McMillan recruited and coached three Division I signees including Jimmie Duplessis (Southeatern Louisiana), Chris Ikuneobe (Texas Pan-American), and Jayhawk East Player of the Year, Jayhawk Freshman of the Year and All-American Tarik Phillip who signed at West Virginia.
McMillan worked at Howard College during the 2012-2013 season under National Coach of the Year, Head Coach Mark Adams.Howard was Pre-Season #2 in the Country in the National Poll. The Hawks won the Western Athletic Junior College Conference Championship and posted a record of 30-6 overall and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament making it to the Elite Eight Round. At Howard, McMillan coached Region 5 Player of the Year Cameron Forte (University of Georgia), Dashaun Wiggins (Portland State), KarimYork (Prarie View A&M), Ladon Carter (Tennessee Tech), Jamal Reynolds (Canisius), Marcus Fuggins (Morehead State), and David Joseph (Bowling Green).
Prior to Howard, McMillan was a graduate assistant 2011-2012 at Texas Christian University, his alma mater, under current Boston College Head Coach Jim Christian. The Horned Frogs made the postseason for the first time in a decade, reaching the second round of the College Basketball Invitational Tournament before falling to Oregon State. The Horned Frogs beat a total of five teams that made the NCAA Tournament field. While at TCU, McMillan helped aid in the development of All-MWC Guard Hank Thorns, as well as MWC Sixth Man of the Year Amric Fields and MWC Freshman of the Year Kyan Anderson.
McMillan received his start as a student assistant at TCU under the late Neal Dougherty in 2006.
McMillan is from Van, Texas where he was a point guard on the 2005 Texas 3A State Championship team that finished 38-2.
"There are lots of people that have helped me on this journey, I am forever grateful for that. Panola College is a place I beleive that has unlimited potential where we can be successful on and off the floor, stated Coach Grant McMillan.
Grant McMillans NJCAA Resume
* NJCAA Conference Titles- 3
* NJCAA National Tournament Berths- 2
* NJCAA National Championships- 1
* NJCAA Conference Players of the Year- 3
* NJCAA Freshman of the Year- 3
* NJCAA All-Americans- 3
Adam Blaylock, Assistant Coach
Adam Blaylock begins his first season as assistant coach under Grant McMillan. Prior to Panola College, Blaylock was the top assistant at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska for head coach Dan Anderson. He began coaching at Northeast in January 2011. While at Northeast, Blaylock oversaw recruiting, strength and conditoning, player development, academics, and overall basketball operations. Blaylock helped Northeast win 97 games and coached on two separate nationally ranked teams in the NJCAA division one poll, He has successfully placed 22 student athletes into four year universities, including the following division one players: KJ Bluford (Iowa State), Jabbar Washington (Charleston Southern), Nick Mabbutt (South Dakota), Buay Tuach (Loyola Marymount), Erik Tucker (Alabama State), Chima Moneke (UC Davis), and Jalen Bradley (Oral Roberts).
Blaylock was a student assistant for Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska in Fall 2010. He received his bachelor's degree in Social Science Education while at Peru State. The Norfolk, Nebraska native played his final two years of basketball at Peru State where he was named the 2009-2010 MCAC Scholar-Athlete of the year. He recorded 17 double digit scoring games for the Bobcats. Prior to Peru State, Blaylock played for Northeast Community College for two years where he was a two-time Academic All-Conference athlete. He earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Northeast in 2007.
"I am excited to make the transition to the new league." Stated Blaylock. "I am blessed with the opportunity that Coach Mcmillan has presented to me. His accomplishments at the junior college level are extremely impressive. I look forward to teaming up with coach."
While coaching at Northeast, Blaylock obtained his Master's Degree in organization management with a sports emphasis in December 2013. Blaylock assists Coach McMillan with recruiting, player development, strength and conditioning, and overall basketball operations. Blaylock has worked as a camp director with Midwest Elite Basketball putting on high school camps throughout the country. He has also coached in the Jerry Mullins' Elite 100 Camp the past three Summers. Recently, he has trained multiple professional basketball players.
Blaylock is from Norfolk, Nebraska and was the 2005 Norfolk Daily News athlete of the year.
"It is no secret in Junior College Basketball the success that Northeast has had the past few seasons. They were one of the most talented and hardest teams to prepare for. Adam played a huge part in that. He is a great recruiter, and is unbelivable on the floor with skill development. He is a star in this buisness. We are lucky to have him in Carthage." Grant McMillan Head Coach.
Ricardo Johnson, Assistant Coach
Ricardo Johnson joined the Panola College basketball staff as an assistant coach in July 2015. A Covington, Kentucky native, Johnson has achieved championship success at every level of his basketball career. He will assist Head Coach Grant McMillan in academics and all basketball operations.
“I’m excited to have Ricardo join our staff at Panola.” Stated Head Coach Grant McMillan. “He played for my old boss Coach Christian at Ohio and brings a lot of success and a winning mentality to the junior college level.”
A part of the all-time winningest class in Ohio University history, Johnson served as a defensive leader for the Bobcats from 2010-14, while leading the Green & White to unprecedented new levels of achievement.
Ohio reached the postseason in all four of Johnson’s seasons in Athens, and captured three MAC championships during that span. As a sophomore, Johnson averaged 13.5 minutes for the Bobcats and provided a spark off the bench throughout the team’s run to the 2012 Sweet 16. Entering the tournament as a No. 13 seed, Ohio upset No. 4 Michigan in the first round, then defeated No. 12 USF in the Round of 32, to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since the 1960s. The Bobcats’ took No. 1 seed North Carolina to overtime before dropping a close contest to the Tar Heels.
He started 14-of-15 games he played as a senior and averaged 7.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for head coach Jim Christian before a broken leg cut his senior campaign short.
Prior to Athens, Johnson starred for Holmes High School and led the Bulldogs to a state title in 2009. He was named Kentucky’s Region 9 Player of the Year and was selected as the Sweet 16 MVP during the run to the state championship. He also garnered Northern Kentucky Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2010.
Johnson graduated with a degree in communications from Ohio University in 2014. He served as a kindergarten assistant in the Covington School District during the 2014-15 campaign, and coached the Holmes freshmen boys’ basketball team during the season. This past summer Johnson coached the Kentucky select U16 squad and was instrumental in the development of West Virginia signee James Bolden.