Episode 200: Coach Jesse McMillan (Head Boy's Basketball Coach Norcross High School) Norcross, GA (2X GHSA State Champions)
Jesse has been the Head Coach for Boys Basketball at Norcross High School for 11 years and has been a teacher and coach at Norcross for 19 years. He spent 12 years in the Norcross High School Language Arts Department before transitioning to Health & PE classes. During his time as head coach, Norcross won two state titles (2011, 2013) and finished state runner-up in 2017 and 2018. He has a winning mark of better than 80% in Georgia’s largest and toughest athletic classification. His Norcross teams participate in showcases and invitationals across the nation. Jesse grew up in a family of educators and knew early on that teaching and coaching was something he wanted to do. He spends about 335 days a year at Norcross working on the basketball program, and during the season many of those days are over fourteen hours long. Jesse is successful in part because he holds the players in his program to a high standard and evolves the program from being “coach lead” to “player lead”, empowering the team to make suggestions and approach during games, and hold each other accountable. Coach McMillan has been recognized in the Gwinnett Daily Post as showing “ a great ability to build chemistry [among the players]”. His fondest moments and most satisfying victories are Final Four and State Championship victories and memorable playoff wins versus Pebblebrook (2017), McEachern (2018), and Grayson (2019). Those games stand out because the team rose up against great odds and competed at the highest level. He’s also a bit superstitious; he makes sure to use his lucky pencil to fill out the scorebook at each game! Coach McMillan, his wife Elizabeth, and two children (Elyse and Mason) are long-time Norcross and Peachtree Corners residents. We thank them for their support and sacrifice to make the Norcross basketball program the best it can be!
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