PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas -- Prairie View A&M head football coach Heishma Northern filled a key position on his coaching staff with the hiring of Charles McMillian as the team's defensive coordinator. McMillian brings with him a wealth of experience on the defensive side of the ball as a former assistant in the Big 12, Big Ten, Mountain West and Conference USA.
McMillian began his coaching career as a student assistant at Utah State in 1995 before moving to the Naval Academy as the junior varsity secondary coach along with serving as a defensive and special teams assistant with the varsity team. In 1998, he moved to Boise State as the team's secondary coach and guided the Broncos to the 1999 Big West Conference Championship and a Humanitarian Bowl Title over Louisville as the team ranked 21st nationally in pass efficiency defense. Individually, Boise State defensive back Dempsey Dees inked a free agent contract with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.
After two years at Boise State, McMillian returned to the Naval Academy as the team's secondary coach in 2000 and coached his first All-American in safety Chris Lepore. Lepore led the Midshipmen in tackles and accounted for nearly half of the team's turnovers under McMillian's watch. In 2001, McMillian moved on to Conference USA member Cincinnati and was apart of a Bearcat team which appeared in the 2001 Motor City Bowl in Detroit, Mich. He also had an opportunity to coach and mold two NFL Draft picks in cornerbacks Lavar Glover and Blue Adams.
In 2002, McMillian moved up to one of the most prestigious leagues in college football as he accepted the role of cornerbacks coach at the University of Indiana in the Big Ten. As a member of the Hoosiers' coaching staff, McMillian helped Indiana upset nationally ranked Wisconsin in October of 2002 while finishing the year ranked 33rd nationally in pass defense
McMillian returned to his home state as a member of Gary Patterson's staff at TCU in January of 2004. He immediately made an impact in TCU's secondary as two members earned All-C-USA Honors in 2004. During the 2005 campaign, TCU moved to the Mountain West Conference and won the conference in their first season. Four members of the secondary earned All-MWC honors as the Horned Frogs finished the season ranked ninth nationally in addition to a EV1.net Houston Bowl Championship. Two of McMillian's cornerbacks received the opportunity to play in the NFL as Drew Coleman was a sixth-round draft pick while Quincy Butler signed as a free agent. In 2006, TCU once again finished the season ranked in the top 25 while claiming a Poinsettia Bowl win over Northern Illinois. McMillian coached Nick Sanders to a spot on the Freshman All-American Team as TCU allowed a Mountain West low nine touchdown passes that season. Once again in 2007, McMillian had three members from the secondary earn all-conference honors as TCU claimed a victory in the 2007 Texas Bowl. Along with Coleman and Butler, TCU standout defensive back Rafael Priest signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints.
In January of 2008, McMillian landed in the Big 12 as the defensive backs coach at Texas A&M under Mike Sherman. McMillian coached defensive back Trent Hunter to Big 12 Honorable Mention honors as a true freshman as he finished third on the team with 64 tackles and a team-high three interceptions. Hunter earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors in 2009 along with fellow defensive back Jordan Pugh as Texas A&M made an appearance in the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl. During the 2010 campaign, Texas A&M won its most games (9) since 2006 and advanced to the Cotton Bowl as four defensive backs earned All-Big 12 honors. In 2011, McMillian had two defensive backs selected to the All-Big 12 team as A&M earned a bid to the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Under McMillian's watch, two defensive were drafted by NFL teams in Pugh and Terrence Frederick while defensive back Lionel Smith signed a free agent contract.
A native of Bryan, Texas, McMillian began his collegiate career at San Jose City College in 1991 and was his league's Defensive Player of the Year in 1992. He moved on to Utah State and led the Aggies to a Big West co-Championship in 1993 and a berth in the Las Vegas Bowl.
McMillian is a 1995 graduate of Utah State with a degree in science and liberal arts. McMillian and his wife, the former Cydryce Carter, have two children: Isaiah and Mykayla. Carter also has a daughter, Cherrelle.