Mills Named MasterSports Coach of the Year

Contact: Ben Badua

E.J. Mills is 88-32 in 15 seasons at Amherst.

AMHERST, Mass. - Amherst football head coach E.J. Mills has been named the College Coach of the Year by MasterSports after guiding the Lord Jeffs to their second undefeated season in since 2009.

In its sixth year, the organization’s Coach of the Year award is presented annually to the individual who best contributes to promoting and teaching the game of football at the college level. Mills will be honored at a luncheon on Saturday, Mar. 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select in Woburn, Mass., immediately following the MasterSports Clinic.

The MasterSports Clinic educates coaches in the fundamentals and techniques of coaching football at the college, high school and youth levels. All proceeds from the clinic, minus expenses, are donated in the form of memorial scholarships. Since 1999, MasterSports has awarded $110,000.00 in scholarships to deserving high school and youth football players to continue their education.

Beginning his coaching career with stints as an assistant at Ramapo College and the University of Albany, Mills arrived in the Pioneer Valley in 1993 as the team’s defensive coordinator. Named the interim head coach in 1997, Mills has since been at the helm of the Lord Jeff football program, racking up an 88-32 overall record in 15 seasons.

Breaking through in 2009, he helped guide Amherst to its first perfect season since 1984 and its first win over Williams in five years. With the Jeffs also laying claim to their first outright title, the awards poured in for Mills, who garnered Coach of the Year honors from the American Football Coaches Association, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, and the NESCAC.

After posting a 6-2 mark in 2010, Amherst once again climbed to the top of the conference standings this fall, winning the second outright title in program history with another perfect 8-0 season. Over the course of the past three years, Mills and the Lord Jeffs have posted a 22-2 record with a pair of conference championships.

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