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June 17, 2014

Mills leaving Pacers for administration

ENID, Okla. — Robb Mills, who helped author three of the Pacers’ best seasons, ended his short but successful tenure this week to take a job as an assistant principal at Longfellow Middle School.

The now-former Enid High School girls basketball coach officially was hired at Longfellow during a board of education meeting Monday night.

“It’s something I wanted to do, but being with the Pacer program for a while, I felt like I had some more coaching left in me,” Mills said on Tuesday. “It gets down to a point you’ve gotta make a decision, what’s best for you, what’s best for your family.”

Mills’ departure followed the best of his three seasons as the Pacers’ head coach. Enid set a team record with 10 consecutive victories last season, finishing with 18 wins, the highest total under Mills, who had a 51-19 record overall.

Mills, 35, had been with the Enid basketball program since 2003, and said it was difficult breaking the news to the team that he was moving on.

“They were sad,” Mills said. “It was sad for me, being here so long and coaching so long. I think they understand the things they accomplished, and they’re gonna keep the program going.”

The search for the coach to lead that effort already has started, said Enid athletic director Bill Mayberry, adding that around 12 candidates had at least made inquiries. Mayberry hoped that the hiring process could be completed within a month, but that a timeline would depend on the applicant pool.

Whoever gets the nod will take over a program losing three starters and one often-used role player. Grace Enmeier, Shelley Mueller and Abby Lee, all three starters, graduated in May, and Savannah Blasi transferred to a school in Colorado when her family moved.

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