NYAC to honor wrestling legend 'Mean' Gene Mills
October 06, 2017


The New York Athletic Club will honor legendary wrestler and coach "Mean" Gene Mills at a ceremony in New York City on Friday. Mills holds an NCAA Division I pin record of 107 wins and was Syracuse University's first four-time All-American.

Full of humor and great stories, Mills has been a fierce competitor in the sport since his days as a state and national champion at DePaul High School in Wayne, New Jersey. He followed that with an unparalleled career as a two-time NCAA champion, three-time world champion and a 1980 Olympian voted Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. He then spent 17 years as a coach for SU.

"I’ve heard of people coming from all over the country, and I’m truly honored," Mills said. "The NYAC has made a phenomenal impact on my life. It’s given me the opportunity to do something I love and to give back to the sport. I couldn’t be more thankful."

Mills is coach of the Phoenix High School wrestling team, last year's Freedom National League champions. He also operates the Pin2Win Combat Academy and summer camp for aspiring wrestlers.