Induction Class of 2014
Dean Mills was a two-sport star for the Comets as a three-time All-UMAC Honorable Mention football starter and two-time team MVP and captain of the baseball team where he was named an All-American in 1990.
In baseball, Mills still holds two of the top single-season batting lines in school history. After hitting .442 in 1989, Mills hit .461 in 1990 in his All-America campaign as he put up a school record .803 slugging percentage with 10 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 21 RBI and 30 runs scored in just a 26 game season while blazing the base paths with 11 steals. He still ranks third and sixth in single season batting average, second and sixth in single season on base percentage and third in single season slugging percentage.
Although his 1991 season came to an abrupt close due to a season-ending injury, Mills finished his baseball career as a .411 hitter with a .508 on base percentage, ranking third and second, respectively, while slugging a robust .642. He also swiped 23 bases which still ranks in the top-10 today.
On the gridiron, Mills was a four year starting wide receiver and helped the Comets to a 1988 UMAC Championship. He hauled in 88 receptions for 1,312 yards and 16 touchdowns in his four year career, still ranking 10th in career receiving touchdowns today.
He broke out early, with 27 catches for 409 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman and would top those numbers as a junior with 31 catches for 474 yards and once again five touchdowns. By his senior season, he’d earn the Golden Comet Award in 1990.
A St. Paul native, Mills and his wife, Lisa have three children, Taylor, Zach and Dylan. Now a Cottage Grove resident, Dean has been active as a youth hockey and baseball coach. After graduating from Concordia, he went on to become a Trainer for the Construction Craft Laborers and is currently a Director of Apprenticeship for the Construction Craft Laborers. He serves on the Executive Board for Local 132 and is a representative for the St. Paul Building and Trades while recently being chosen to serve on the Laborers International Union of North America Project Skills and Standards Team.