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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College women’s basketball coach John Mills has been selected as the 2018-19 recipient of the River States Conference Coach of Character Award. Mills, in his 24th season as coach, was voted for the award by a panel from the RSC. 

The RSC Coach of Character Award is patterned after the NAIA award of the same name and is given annually to a head coach who has been outstanding in embracing the five core values of the NAIA’s Champions of Character initiative, using methods of teaching character through sport and in community leadership through volunteering or service.

The five core values of Champions of Character are respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. It is the fourth year that the conference has named a winner of this award with it being first established in 2015-16. As the conference winner, Mills will have his named forwarded to the national level as a nominee for the NAIA Coach of Character Award. 

Mills was praised by colleagues and a student-athlete in his nomination as being of high character and using the core values in his coaching style. Also that his teaching methods portray a high emphasis on character in order to be a part of the Alice Lloyd women’s basketball family. 

Alice Lloyd has been very successful in women’s basketball through the years. The Eagles have won two straight RSC West Division titles, made two straight appearances at the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship and posted back to back 20-win seasons. Mills was named RSC Coach of the Year in 2017-18 as part of that run.

Contains information from an official River States Conference press release. Click here to find the original RSC article