Rock Hill names Mills cage coach

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 17, 2000

PEDRO – Marty Mills wants to do just what he’s seen done.

Saturday, June 17, 2000

PEDRO – Marty Mills wants to do just what he’s seen done.

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Mills top goal entering his new job as the Rock Hill Redmen boys head basketball coach is to keep playing the same style.

"My goal, without seeing the kids, is to play hard and to play together," said Mills. "When you do those two things, good things happen and you give yourself a chance to win."

Mills takes over at Rock Hill following four years as the head coach at Fairview High School in Westwood, Ky. He also served two years as an assistant coach at Russell, Ky.

A talented guard for Raceland, Ky., in high school, Mills went on to play baseball and basketball at Kentucky Christian College in Grayson, Ky.

At Fairview, Mills guided the Eagles to 15 wins this past season for only the third winning season in the past 18 years.

With an enrollment of 288 in grades 7-12, Fairview plays a schedule that includes Ashland, Boyd County, Russell, Greenup County, East Carter, West Carter, and Lawrence County.

Kentucky has just one classification in basketball, so Mills likes the divisional style of Ohio.

"It’s a little better opportunity in the tournament," said Mills.

Moving from Kentucky to Ohio won’t be a great adjustment as far as Mills is concerned.

"The game is a little different as far as the physical play, but the kids here play real hard. I’ve seen that the last five or six years," said Mills.

Although Mills wants to play an up tempo game, he said he will let the talent and the quality of the opposition dictate the way the Redmen play.

"We’ll try to play with pressure, and we’ll definitely be defensive oriented," said Mills.

"But we’re not going to press all night line, and pressure comes in different forms. There’s halfcourt pressure, three-quarter pressure, and fullcourt pressure."

Mills replaces Rick Scarberry who was the head coach the past 11 years and won one Ohio Valley Conference championship and six sectional titles.