Samford took a nontraditional approach in its coaching search and dipped into the high school ranks to announce Bucky McMillan as its new coach on Monday.
McMillan’s teams at Mountain Brook High have won three straight state titles and five in his 12-season tenure. He compiled a 333-74 record during his time at the Birmingham-area school.
“I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity,” McMillan said in a news release. “I want to especially give thanks to the leadership at Samford for their confidence in me to lead this program. When I came to Mountain Brook I had never been a high school head coach and the administration there took a chance on me, and this is a similar situation.”
McMillan’s ties to the area — Samford is located in Birmingham — was another factor in his selection. Athletic director Martin Newton said McMillan met all the criteria.
“We wanted someone with head coaching experience and a proven track record of winning championships, someone who could excite and engage the Birmingham and Samford communities and someone who understands and embraces the mission of our great university,” Newton said in a statement. “Bucky McMillan quickly became the obvious choice.”
McMillan replaces Scott Padgett, who went 84-115 in six seasons at the school. The Bulldogs were 10-23 last season and 4-14 in Southern Conference play.
In fact, Samford has hit double digits in defeats in 11 of its 12 seasons in the Southern Conference. A 9-9 mark in 2012-13 is its lone non-losing record in league play since joining the conference in 2008-09.
–Field Level Media