Southwest Mississippi Comm College

Southwest Bear Athletics
1156 College Drive Summit, MS 39666
NJCAA Mississippi Southeast
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Zach Mills

After two successful seasons as head coach of the Eastern Oregon University men’s soccer team, former Southwest head coach Zach Mills is returning to Summit to take the helm of the men’s and women’s programs.


During his tenure at Eastern Oregon, Mills led the Mountaineers to a 20-14-7 record and, in 2018, the program’s first-ever appearance in the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament.


In 2019, the Mountaineers advanced to the CCC tournament championship game for the first time and also made their initial trip to the NAIA national tournament. Members of the 2019 squad included former Bears Joaquin Bermejillo, Patrick Larsen and Felipe Madero.


Also at EOU, Mills had two players named to the All-CCC 1st Team, three to the 2nd Team and had seven Honorable Mention selections.


In his first stint at SMCC (2016-18), Mills directed the Bears to a 23-10-2 record and the program’s first-ever trips to the MACJC/NJCAA Region 23 playoffs. He also coached the program’s first-ever All-American (3rd team), Jaime Delor.


Also under Mills’ guidance, the 2017-18 Bears were the MACJC men’s soccer Academic Team of the Year with a combined GPA of 3.33.


A native of Petal, MS, Mills is a 2010 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a B. S. degree in Business Administration. In 2018, he received a Master’s degree in teaching Languages with an emphasis in Spanish and TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages), also from USM.


He is currently working toward a PhD in Performance Psychology.


In 2017, Mills played professional soccer with FC Olimpia in Moquegua, Peru, and led the team in scoring with 32 points.

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Alex Brown

Former Southwest soccer player Alex Brown is serving as assistant coach for the men’s and women’s programs. He formerly served as head coach for both.


As Bears head coach in 2018, Brown helped guide the Bears to the best season in program history as they finished with a 13-4 mark. The team also made its first-ever appearance in the MACJC state title game and also advanced to the NJCAA Region 23 post-season. Eight team members received academic awards from the NJCAA and/or MACJC.


A McComb native, Brown graduated from Parklane Academy in 2012 before enrolling at Southwest.


While at Southwest, Brown spent one year as a member of the Bears’ soccer team. He graduated with an Associate’s degree in 2014.


Brown next attended the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated in 2016 with a B. S. degree in Recreation Administration. He also received a minor in Exercise Physiology and Psychology.


He began his coaching career in 2017 when he took assisted with the soccer programs at Parklane.


He is married to the former Lucy Puder. An avid runner, he holds the Mississippi record in the mile run (4:18).

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