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 Students Services and Athletic Director of Panola College.
This year at Northwest Florida State College they compiled a 33-2 record and 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, and 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 signess 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 madew the postseason for the fiorst 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 astudent 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 place 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), Jalen Bradley (Oral Roberts).
Blaylock was a student assistant for Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska in the Fall 2010. He received his bachelor's degree in Social Science Education while at Peru State. The Norfolk, Nebraska native played his four 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 form Northeast in 2007.
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. He is active in helping direct Northeast's Summer basketball camps. Blaylock has worked with Midwest Elite Basketball and was a coach for Jerry Mullins' Elite 100 Camps for the past three Summers. Recently, he has trained players from the elementary level to 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