Coach Mills: Part II

Fight On State caught up with former Penn State quarterback Zack Mills to talk about his new coaching role at Temple, his thoughts on Michael Robinson and the 2005 Nittany Lions and even his experience at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. This is part two of our conversation with Mills.

FOS: Have you spoken with any Penn State coaches about making the move to coaching?

Mills Yes, I have spoken pretty regularly with Fran Ganter about the move, and he has been supportive. I also spoke to Jay Paterno about it.

I actually sent my resume to Penn State and Joe [Paterno] sent a letter to me saying we could talk after the bowl game. The way PSU does it is a little different from Temple.

Grad assistants start out in the office and typically spend a year or two there before they work on the field with the team. The Temple opportunity allows me to bypass that and go directly to the field and get immediate coaching experience.

FOS: Would you like to eventually coach at Penn State?

Mills: Yes, I would love to. I had a great time at Penn State and love the program. It would be a fantastic experience to coach for the program. I think it is something I aspire to.

FOS: What did you think of the team this past season?

Mills: I couldn't be more happy for the guys, especially the seniors like Mike [Robinson]. They worked so hard and got it done. Of course it is bittersweet for me, because the time I was there was tough, but one or two players can make all the difference.

I would have loved to have been part of it, but I am thrilled for them, though. They have wroked incredibly hard and endured a lot - they deserve it.

FOS: Do you keep in touch with Michael Robinson?

Mills: Yeah. Before most games we'd talk or I would text him. I spoke with him just last weekend when he was at the [NFL] combine. So, yeah we try to keep in touch. He has a bright future ahead of him.

FOS: Talk about your pariticpation in the World Series of Poker.

Mills: It's funny; I wouldn't say I am a great poker player. I was playing in a free online tournament one night and happened to win. That got me a seat in the World Series of Poker.

So, I went out to Vegas. I had been there before, but this was unreal. There were 5,500 people there — it was quite the interesting crowd.

Read Part I of our interview with Zack Mills


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