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Douglas "Gaga" Mills

Inducted 1980

Elgin High School Class of 1926


Doug was a member of the Elgin High School basketball team that captured consecutive state titles in 1924 and 1925. He led the team in scoring his senior year. Doug became an outstanding football and basketball player at the University of Illinois, where he was named to All-Conference basketball teams in 1929 and 1930. From 1936-1947, Doug was the head basketball coach at his alma mater, compiling a record of 151-66 and winning back to back Big Ten titles in 1942 and 1943. He also served as the University of Illinois athletic director from 1941-1966.