Keeping Score

Coach Gets His 100th Victory

by Gene | December 5, 2008

On Saturday November 29, Men’s Basketball Coach Scott McMillin earned his 100th career victory at Lynn in his sixth season with the Fighting Knights.

In just his second season with the Blue & White, Coach McMillin, a product of Wichita, K.S., guided the Fighting Knights to the program’s second Final Four appearance before losing to eventual national champion Virginia Union. That year, he was also named the Sunshine State Conference and South Region Coach of the Year, the first coach in program history to earn such an honor.

Coach McMillin has averaged just over 19 victories a year and has never had a losing season in his tenure. The 2004-05 season saw the Fighting Knights post a record of 29-6 overall, the most wins in program history and won its first SSC regular season and tournament titles. In his first season at the helm, Coach McMillin lead the Fighting Knights to nine wins in conference play for the second most in the program’s sixth season in the SSC. Coach McMillin has stressed defense in his tenure here at Lynn. In the 2004-05 season, the team held East Central (Okla.) to 30 points, establishing a new school record.

“The number in itself is impressive in his time at Lynn,” said former player and current assistant coach Marcus Hayes. “The most impressive aspect is how he’s done it. He’s done it through enforcing accountability, high expectations, work ethic, and sacrifice, which are a lot of the same characteristics a person needs to be successful in whatever they choose.  I think the respect that people talk about Lynn University Men’s Basketball is a product of the morals that Coach McMillin has built the program on.”

Every year, he has placed at least one player on an All-SSC squad each season, including three first team all-conference, six second teamers, one honorable mention, and one All-Freshman honoree. Coach McMillin also coached the program’s first graduating four-year seniors in James Taylor, Justin Wingard, Austin Faber, and Akil Lewis. 

Coach McMillin arrived at Lynn after two seasons as the head coach at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville. He played his college ball at the University of Buffalo, where he was first team All-Conference All-Academic selection.

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