Michelle McMillan is the loving and supportive wife of NBA coach Nate McMillan. Her 52-year-old husband is the current head coach for the Atlanta Hawks; coach McMillan previously worked as a head coach for the Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, and the Seatle SuperSonics. In addition to the previously mentioned, he was an assistant coach for the USA National Basketball team under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Keep reading to know Michelle McMillan’s biography.
Nate McMillan Career
Michelle McMillan’s husband was born Nathaniel McMillan on August 3, 1964. He is a former NBA player turned coach. The Raleigh, N.C. native played at North Carolina State before entering the NBA.
McMillan helped lead NC State to a first-place tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season in 1985 and the Elite Eight in both the 1985 and 1986 NCAA Championship Tournaments.
As a player, McMillan was originally selected by the Sonics out of North Carolina State with the 30th overall pick in the second round of the 1986 NBA Draft. Nate spent his entire professional playing career in Seattle.
In his 12 years with Seattle, when the team qualified for the postseason 11 times, Nate appeared in more playoff games (98) than anyone in team history.
In 1999, McMillan received one of the highest honors a basketball player can obtain as the Sonics retired his jersey number 10 at halftime during a game against the Washington Wizards. He became just the fourth Sonics player in the history of the franchise to have his number retired.
McMillan was named the Sonics interim Head Coach on Nov. 27, 2000, after serving as an assistant coach for the previous two seasons. As the 12th head coach in the franchise’s history and the youngest in the NBA.
The Sonics removed the interim status from McMillan’s title on Jan. 5, 2001, and signed him to a four-year contract.
McMillan’s first full NBA campaign as a head coach guided Seattle to a 45-37 regular-season record and the seventh seed in the 2002 Western Conference Playoffs.
Also, in 2001, the National Junior College Men’s Basketball Coaches Association inducted McMillan into their Hall of Fame.
In 2005, after 19 years of relationship with the Seattle organization, he left to become the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. In May 2016, he was named head coach for the Indiana Pacers, replacing Frank Vogel. After four seasons in Indiana, coach McMillan was fired; news of his firing was released on August 26, 2020.
He became an assistant head coach for the Atlanta Hawks on November 11, 2020, under head coach Lloyd Pierce. The Hawks fired coach Pierce on March 1, 2021, naming Nate McMillan interim head coach that same day.
Nate McMillan Wife
Nate couldn’t have done it without the love and support from his lovely wife, Michelle McMillan. Michelle played basketball at Hickory High School in North Carolina. They have been married for over 33 years.
A former accountant, 56-year-old Michelle McMillan, was born Michelle England on August 14, 1964. Michelle and her husband raised two children, son Jamelle and daughter Brittany Michelle.
On the other hand, being the wife of a player/coach definitely has its perks. Michelle McMillan has experienced it a couple of times, in the form of lavish gifts, including a convertible Mercedes, and in 2003 it was a black Escalade.
Nate McMillan Children
Michelle McMillan gave birth to their son Jamelle on December 30, 1988. He graduated in 2011 with a bachelor of science in business and corporate communications from Arizona State University. Jamelle McMillan was the director of basketball operations at Drake University from 2011-12; around that same time, he founded Vortex Energy Investments in Phoenix.
Also, in 2012, Jamelle became player development coach and assistant coach for the New Orleans Pelicans; subsequently, in 2018, he joined the Phoenix Suns coaching staff as an assistant coach and returned to New Orleans for a second stint with the Pelicans (assistant coach) in July 2019. On November 8, 2020, NOLA.com revealed the Pelicans decided to let Jamelle go, citing his partying ways as the reason for his firing.
Jamelle McMillan dated Ben Simmons’s sister Liv Alice Simmons after they met at Arizona State, but their breakup was ugly; Ms. Simmons was accused of cheating on her, among other accusations.
Nate and Michelle McMillan’s second child is Brittany Michelle McMillan, born in 1992. there isn’t much information about Ms. McMillan except that she graduated in 2014 from Howard University and apparently lives in Washington, DC.