#CFCOVFL: Ravens perennial success attributed to Mills

As the 2015 OVFL regular season comes to an end, the varsity Essex Ravens find themselves ranked second in the league, well on their way for a championship run.

At 7-1, the Ravens have had a very strong 2015 season led by quarterback Anthony Bontorin, defensive lineman Lowhya Lako, running back Braeden Braccio.

However, Head Coach and Director of Football Operations Glen Mills has been a crucial part of the Ravens success over the years.

After playing for Essex District High School in the 80s, Mills then began his coaching career as an assistant coach for his former high school in 1990.

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Mills completed stints with University of Windsor, Team Canada, University of Michigan, and Team Ontario. In 1998, he landed his dream job as Ravens Head Coach and Director of Football Operations.

During his 17 years as the Ravens Head Coach, Mills has put together a record of 120-25-1, which is an 85 percent win ratio. Additionally, the Ravens have also won two OVFL Championships (2002, 2010) along with numerous Adam Conference Regular Season Champions and Western Conference Champions.

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Mills was selected as Assistant Coach of Team Canada in 2000-2001, Head Coach of Team Ontario (2013, 2014, 2015), and was named OVFL Coach of the Year a few times (2000, 2004, 2007, 2014).

In 2005, Mills was inducted into the OVFL Hall of Fame (located in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame).

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While the coaching appearances and accolades are plentiful, what is more important for Mills is the respect that he gets from the athletes.

“I like that with the Ravens you will be getting the best coaching you can get in all of Ontario with Coach Mills,” said Bontorin.

After just finishing a strong 2015 regular season with a win on Sunday, the Ravens are hoping to go all the way in the coming weeks to win their first OVFL Championship since 2010.

“As a team we only have one goal which is August 15 (championship day) and we are in a position to reach our goal,” said defensive lineman Lowhya Lako.

 

 

 

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