Ponies Basketball Coaches & Staff
Grant McMillan, Head Coach
Grant McMillan enters his second season as Head Coach for Panola College after guiding the Ponies to the Region 14 Conference Championship Game in his inaugural season.
McMillan's first season at the helm brought many 'firsts' in its programs history. The 24 wins posted last season are the most all time, transforming the program from seven wins the year prior. The Ponies registered an impressive 11-2 home record and had two separate five-game winning streaks throughout the year. Panola defeated three NJCAA ranked teams (South Plains, Blinn, Navarro).
In his first year, Panola saw its first division one signee since 2006 when James Suber signed with Cal-State Bakersfield last November. Charles 'Cha-Cha' Tucker (Sacred Heart), Jonathan Wiley (Southern Illinois) and Joseph 'JoJo' Anderson (Northern Arizona) also signed to division one schools. Sticking true to his defensive background, the Ponies posted a top three defense in the region.
Prior to Panola, McMillan was the top assistant for Northwest Florida State College where the Raiders won the 2015 NJCAA National Basketball Championship. Prior to Northwest Florida, Coach McMillan has been at Independence Community College, Howard College, TCU, and Texas A&M. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Texas Christian University and earned his Master's Degree from Texas A&M University.
This year at Northwest Florida State College they compiled a 33-2 record, won the Panhandle Conference Championship, then the Florida State Championship, on their way to winning the NJCAA National Championship. McMillan was the top assistant coach, and was in charge of the Raiders Defense. McMillan worked under NJCAA National Coach of the Year Steve DeMeo. McMillan aided in the development of Florida State signee Benji Bell, who was the Florida Player of the Year, and was also an All-American. McMillan also recruited and coached five other Division One Signees. Treshaad Williams (Morehead State), Xavier Moon (Morehead State), Keith Charleston (SE Louisiana), Jordan Capps (SE Louisiana), and Jalen Jackson (Arkanas Little Rock). NWF was #14 in the Preseason National Poll, and went undefeated in Non-Conference, losing only two conference games before ending a twenty year gap between National Championship Titles.
At Independence Community College the program won the Jayhawk Eastern Division title with a Conference record of 11-1. This was their first conference title in fourteen years. The Pirates swept the season series with Coffeyville CC and Cowley CC for the first time in twenty years. At Independence CC, McMillan recruited and coached three Division I signees including Jimmie Duplessis (Southeastern Louisiana), Chris Ikuneobe (Texas Pan-American), and Jayhawk East Player of the Year, Jayhawk Freshman of the Year and All-American Tarik Phillip who signed at West Virginia.
McMillan worked at Howard College during the 2012-2013 season under National Coach of the Year, Head Coach Mark Adams. Howard was Pre-Season #2 in the Country in the National Poll. The Hawks won the Western Athletic Junior College Conference Championship and posted a record of 30-6 overall and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament making it to the Elite Eight Round. At Howard, McMillan coached Region 5 Player of the Year Cameron Forte (University of Georgia), Dashaun Wiggins (Portland State), Karim York (Prairie View A&M), Landon Carter (Tennessee Tech), Jamal Reynolds (Canisius), Marcus Fuggins (Morehead State), and David Joseph (Bowling Green).
Prior to Howard, McMillan was a graduate assistant 2011-2012 at Texas Christian University, his alma mater, under current Boston College Head Coach Jim Christian. The Horned Frogs made the postseason for the first time in a decade, reaching the second round of the College Basketball Invitational Tournament before falling to Oregon State. The Horned Frogs beat a total of five teams that made the NCAA Tournament field. While at TCU, McMillan helped aid in the development of All-MWC Guard Hank Thorns, as well as MWC Sixth Man of the Year Amric Fields and MWC Freshman of the Year Kyan Anderson.
McMillan received his start as a student assistant at TCU under the late Neal Dougherty in 2006.
McMillan is from Van, Texas where he was a point guard on the 2005 Texas 3A State Championship team that finished 38-2.
Grant McMillan's NJCAA Resume
* NJCAA Conference Titles- 3
* NJCAA National Tournament Berths- 2
* NJCAA National Championships- 1
* NJCAA Conference Players of the Year- 3
* NJCAA Freshman of the Year- 3
* NJCAA All-Americans- 3
Adam Blaylock, Assistant Coach
Adam Blaylock begins his second year as top assistant for Head Coach Grant McMillan.
Last season, Blaylock was instrumental in one of the biggest NJCAA turnarounds in the country, improving Panola from seven wins in 2014-15 to 24 wins in 2015-16.
Blaylock works with the Pony guards and is in charge of player development, offensive strategy, academic advisement, and general operations.
Three of the four Division one signees from last season came on the perimeter. Blaylock's development help guide Charles 'ChaCha' Tucker (Sacred Heart) to the second most assists per game in the country (8.5). Jonathan Wiley (Southern Illinois) became one of the most versatile players in the country. Wiley and Tucker were all-conference players.
Blaylock was the lead recruiter for Joseph 'JoJo' Anderson (Northern Arizona). As well as freshman Chan Williams-Bey and Tyonte Robertson who combined to make 51 starts during their first year.
Prior to Panola College, Blaylock was the top assistant at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska for head coach Dan Anderson. He began coaching at Northeast in January 2011. While at Northeast, Blaylock oversaw recruiting, strength and conditioning, player development, academics, and overall basketball operations. Blaylock helped Northeast win 97 games and coached on two separate nationally ranked teams in the NJCAA division one poll. He has successfully placed 22 student athletes into four-year universities, including the following division one players: KJ Bluford (Iowa State), Jabbar Washington (Charleston Southern), Nick Mabbutt (South Dakota), Buay Tuach (Loyola Marymount), Erik Tucker (Alabama State), Chima Moneke (UC Davis), and Jalen Bradley (Oral Roberts).
Blaylock was a student assistant for Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska in Fall 2010. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Social Science Education while at Peru State. The Nebraska native played his final two years of basketball at Peru State where he was named the 2009-2010 MCAC Scholar-Athlete of the year. He recorded 17 double digit scoring games for the Bobcats. Prior to Peru State, Blaylock played for Northeast Community College for two years where he was a two-time Academic All-Conference athlete. He earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Northeast in 2007.
While coaching at Northeast, Blaylock obtained his Master's Degree in organization management with a sports emphasis in December 2013. Blaylock assists Coach McMillan with recruiting, player development, strength and conditioning, and overall basketball operations. Blaylock has worked as a camp director with Midwest Elite Basketball putting on high school camps throughout the country. He has also coached in the Jerry Mullins' Elite 100 Camp the past three Summers. Recently, he has trained multiple professional basketball players.
Blaylock is from Norfolk, Nebraska and was the 2005 Norfolk Daily News athlete of the year.
Justin Greene, Assistant Coach
Justin begins his first season as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team. He brings a variety of coaching and playing experience to the Ponies.
Prior to Panola, Justin spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant for Kent State University. Kent state tallied 42 overall wins the past two seasons. His first year at Kent State, the Golden Flashes reached the post season making it to the championship game of the CBI. Justin's duties included player development and academics.
As a player Greene starred at Kent State. One of the most decorated post players in Kent State history, Greene was the MAC player of the year after his junior season. Other honors include: Honorable mention all-American, mid-major all-American, 11-time recipient of MAC player of the week, four separate All-Mac recipient, three separate MAC all-tournament teams. Greene scored over 1,000 points before his senior year and is the only player in the MAC ranked in the top 10 in points (6th - 15.4 ppg), rebounds (3rd - 8.3 rpg), blocked shots (5th - 1.4 bpg) and field goal percentage (9th - .478).
Prior to Kent State, Justin was a three-time All-PSAL performer at Abraham Lincoln High in Brooklyn, New York.
"Justin was highly recommended to join our staff from multiple people. We have a very close relationship with the Kent State program. Coach Eric Haut used to be my boss, and i have the utmost respect for their program. Justin is regarded as one of the most distinguished post players in Kent State's history and I am confident his work ethic on the floor will translate to his abilities as a coach. Panola College and the whole town of Carthage is lucky to have Justin on board," stated head coach Grant McMillan.