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Chuck Mills was born in South Chicago and served as head football coach at seven collegiate institutions. Before that, Mills was an assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs the year of the first Super Bowl in 1967. He also has high school and junior college coaching stints and was a consultant to the Hawaiian Islanders of the Arena2 football league in 2004 and 2005. Mills wrote a newspaper column for over twenty years and a book, "The Fifth Down."


Mills is regarded as the "father of modern Japanese football" after bringing the first U.S. college football team (Utah State) to play Japanese collegiate players in 1971and he has been close to Nihon football ever since. The Japanese version of the Heisman Trophy, begun in 1974, is called the [[Mills Trophy] in his honor. Mills was awarded the 'Suiko Bell,' awarded by the Government of Japan, Ministry of Culture to one who has contributed to Japanese society.

His Utah State football teams, (1967-72) were highly successful, receiving top twenty ranking in 1972. Though his subsequent over-all win-loss record at Wake Forest was dismal, Mills coached the team to its first consecutive non-losing ACC records. In 1976 he was second in the balloting for ACC Coach of the Year. Though the win record was poor, in 1975 and 1976 Wake finished in the upper half of the ACC, the first time the school had done that in two consecutive years. In 1977 (the first year of a new five-year contract) an unexpectedly disappointing season led to his departure. Mills' teams participated in post-season play seven times and he has earned eithe conference, regional, and national coach of year honors nine times. In 1997 he was selected as coach for the Martin Luther King All-Star game.

In 2006, a reunion of players from all the colleges at which he served as head coach over a twenty-seven year period took place in Las Vegas, NV with over 170 former players attending. Mills is credited with hiring the first black coach in major college football (Sid Lane) in 1968 and the first in the ACC in 1973. His reputation holds that he was respectful towards players and staff. He always remarked as a coach, "We are working with someone's child." As a former player stated, "we're on his teams for a few years and he is on ours a lifetime." Mills and Lou Holtz are tied for second behind John Heisman, in the number of college head coaching positions held as seven. Outside the ACC his teams competed against Oklahoma, Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska, Texas, Kansas State, Army, SMU, Wisconsin, BYU and Utah among others. A number of his staff members went on to college head coaching or NFL positions. He has been nominated for the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.

Mills was honored with membership in the All-American Football Foundation as both a coach and athletic administrator, (twenty years as a collegiate athletic director). He also received the highest award the U.S. Coast Guard can bestow upon a civilian, the Superior Achievement Award, for athletic administration and coaching. The 1997 Coast Guard football team, coached by Mills, won the conference championship, top small college team in the east and qualified for NCAA post-season play, and amassed the most regular season wins the academy ever had. In February, 2008, Mills was inducted into the Utah State Sports Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was inducted into the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame as well as the coach of the Southern Oregon University team inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.

Coach Mills currently resides in Hawaii where he remains involved in international football development.

Preceded by
Tom Harper
Wake Forest University Head American Football Coaches
1973- 1977
Succeeded by
John Mackovic

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