TULSA, Oklahoma - Oral Roberts University hired Baylor assistant coach Paul Mills to be its new head men's basketball coach.

According to Baylor's web site, Mills just finished his 14th season on Baylor’s staff and eighth as an assistant coach.

The school says in seven seasons as an assistant coach, Mills helped the Bears post a 171-77 combined record, earning five NCAA Tournament berths and an NIT championship.

He served as Baylor’s coordinator of men’s basketball operations for his first six seasons on Scott Drew’s staff.

Mills is graduated from of Texas A & M in 1996 with a degree in finance.

ORU released longtime head coach Scott Sutton on April 10, even though he had two years left on his contract. He had been head coach since May of 1999.

“This is an exciting day for ORU basketball. Coach Mills has a wealth of top level NCAA experience and comes to us fully prepared to advance the ORU men’s basketball program to new heights,” said Carter. “I love the passion Coach Mills has for his players and this will be key as we continue to develop whole person champions.”

ORU says Mills signed a 5-year contract.

“I am honored to accept this role of representing this historic institution, its students and its mission,” said Mills. “Making this commitment today is a highlight of my career and I look forward with excitement to the basketball season directly ahead. Go Golden Eagles.”

ORU says Mills was on the Rice staff in 2002-03 and the head coach at Fort Bend Christian Academy from 1999-2002.

Mills serves as the Big 12 representative for the National Association of Basketball Coaches and was a board member of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches from 2001-03.