Nate McMillan Heads to London with Team USA
MURFREESBORO- Chowan alumnus Nate McMillan seeks gold as he heads to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and looks to earn his second Olympic medal as an assistant basketball coach under Mike Krzyzewski.
McMillan attend Chowan (a junior college at the time) from 1982-1984. He is known as one of the best basketball players to play for the blue and white, and was the first student-athlete to earn First Team All-American status for the institution upon his selection to the NJCAA All-American team in 1984.
Additionally, McMillan has been inducted to both the Hall of Fame at Chowan, and the National Junior College Men's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
McMillan went on to play basketball at North Carolina State University, and led the Wolfpack to a spot in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament during the 1985-1986 season.
After his college career, McMillan was selected in the first round of the 1986 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. He spent all twelve years of his professional playing career with the organization, and was honored for his service to the team when his jersey was retired in 1999. McMillan (also referred to as “Mr. Sonic”), coached the SuperSonics until 2005, when he moved on to work with the Portland Trail Blazers organization.
McMillan has served as an assistant coach for the USA National Team under Krzyzewski for the past seven years. He coaches along with Jim Boeheim, the head men's basketball coach at Syracuse University, and Mike D'Antoni, former coach of the New York Knicks. As part of the USA National Team coaching staff, McMillan has helped Team USA compile a 49-1 record since 2006. This record includes a gold medal finish at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Team USA begins their quest for gold on July 29th against France. To follow their progress throughout the Olympics, click on the link provided:http://www.london2012.com/basketball/event=basketball-men/.