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Mountain Brook’s Bucky McMillan wins national coaching award


AHSAA 7A Boys Championship: McGill-Toolen vs. Mountain Brook
Josh Bean |

on May 01, 2018 11:29 PM, updated May 02, 2018 12:30 PM


Bucky McMillan has built Mountain Brook into one of Alabama’s powerhouse high school basketball programs.

Now, he’s getting national recognition.

McMillan has been named the national Boys Basketball Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association . He’s the first Alabama coach to win the national honor from the NHSCA.

“Aa to the recognition to this award, it need to be another tribute to the great players and great human beings on this year’s team,” McMillan said. “Not only did they win the state championship handily in our state’s top classification, but further played one of the most difficult schedules of anyone in the country, while playing many elite national tournaments.”

McMillan pointed out that the four seniors excelled academically and athletically at Mountain Brook, and junior Trendon Watford won the state’s Mr. Basketball award.

“This award is for all of us and should only be viewed as further recognition of all this group’s remarkable achievements,” McMillan said.

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McMillan, 34, has led Mountain Brook’s program for 10 seasons, leading the Spartans to four state titles. Mountain Brook finished 34-3 in 2018 and ranked No. 20 in the final USA Today Super 25 national rankings after winning a second straight AHSAA Class 7A state title .

The Spartans capped the season with a 23-game win streak.

“We are extremely pleased to honor coach McMillan as National Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year,” said Eric Hess, executive director of the NHSCA in a news release about the award . “Coach McMillan has amassed an incredible record with four Alabama state championships as a head coach. His commitment to excellence for his student-athletes on-and-off the court makes him a great choice for this honor.”

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Past NHSCA National Boys’ Basketball Coaches of the Year, according to the organization:

2017 – Tyrone Slaughter – Whitney Young HS, Illinois
2016 – Sharman White – Miller Grove HS, Georgia
2015 – Melvin Randall – Blanche Ely HS , Florida
2014 – Gary McKight – Mater Dei HS, California
2013 – Tony Harper – Montwood HS, Texas
2012 – Douglas Lipscomb – Wheeler HS, Georgia
2011 – Vito Montelli – St. Joseph HS, Connecticut
2010 – Harvey Kitani – Fairfax HS, California
2009 – Jack Curran – Archbishop Molloy, New York
2008 – Dick Katte – Denver Christian HS, Colorado
2007 – Bob Hurley, Sr. – St. Anthony HS, New Jersey
2006 – Jack Keefer, Lawrence North HS, Indiana
2005 – Robert Hughes, Dunbar HS, Texas
2004 – Charles Smith, Peabody Magnet HS, Louisiana
2003 – Dave Garvin, Philomath HS, Oregon
2002 – Jack Butcher, Loogootee HS, Indiana
2001 – Bob Williams, Schaumburg HS, Illinois
2000 – Russell Otis, Dominguez HS, California

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