Dave Mills

Dave Mills, a three time state placewinner and a state champion at Mt. Pleasant High School, took his act down the road to Central Michigan University in 1980, where he captained the Chippewas his junior and senior seasons, finishing as MAC runner-up in 1985. After college Dave continued to complete, winning two Ironman Championships and claimed the Master's World Championship in 1998. Dave began his coaching career as an assistant at Grand Valley and at Cedar Springs High School. His first head coaching position came at Forest Hills Central where his teams won five straight conference championships including 87 regular season wins in a row. As a high school coach, Dave mentored 23 state placers and five state champions. With the help of Tom Krepps, Dave resurrected the program at Grand Valley as an NCWA club and won the national championship in their first year. While at GVSU, Dave guided the Lakers to three consecutive national team titles and coached numerous All Americans and National Champions. Grand Valley has become a dynasty program and the benchmark for which all NCWA programs are measured due in large part to the efforts of Dave Mills. Dave was named the NCWA national Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2006. Still an assistant at GVSU,Dave has produced and marketed over a dozen wrestling technique videos with the assistance of and featuring; Tom Borelli, Dan Gable, Tom Brands,Steve Fraser, Nick Simmons and others. Dave has also been inducted into the Mt. Pleasant High School and National Collegiate Wrestling Association Halls' of Fame.


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