Mel Mills joined the Franklin College football coaching staff as defensive line coach in 2014. He was promoted to defensive coordinator prior to the 2016 season.
Mills guided 2015 graduate Nate Bryan to All-North Region honors by D3football.com following the 2015 season. Under his leadership the defensive lineman earned first-team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference accolades.
He has head coaching experience at the NCAA Division III level, leading Becker College (Mass.) in 2006 and 2007 seasons after being defensive coordinator for the program’s inaugural season in 2005. He had been an assistant high school coach in Indianapolis and Florida from 2011-13. His coaching experience also includes being defensive line coach for the National Football League of Europe’s Cologne Centurions (2004) and Florida Atlantic University (1999-2004), and as defensive graduate assistant at Louisville (1994) and University of Oklahoma (1995).
Mills played at the University of Louisville for Howard Schnellenberger, then followed the legendary coach to Florida Atlantic, where he assisted in the development of the newly formed program. The Owls advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 2003.
He and his wife Brigitte have one daughter, Imani, and one son, Mel Jr.