Phoenix Firebirds


1,356 Career Wins, 46 Losses, 1 Tie
886 Victories by Fall
New Jersey State Champ and HS National Champ
Syracuse University's 1st 4 time All American
2 time NCAA Champion
voted outstanding wrestler NCAA's
Division I NCAA career pin record of 107 pins
3 time World Cup Champion
1980 World Super Champion in Japan and voted the Outstanding Wrestler
1980 Tbilisi (USSR) Champion and voted the Outstanding Wrestler
Cerra Pellado Champion in Cuba and voted the Outstanding Wrestler
Roger Goulon Champion in France and voted the Outstanding Wrestler
Rokoczi Cup Champ in Hungary and voted the Outstanding Wrestler
1980 US Olympian and voted the "Athlete of the Year" by the US Olympic Committee
Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma

After an unmatched collegiate and amateur wrestling career, Gene Mills started and coached the Mohawk Valley Wrestling Club for 26 years and brought wrestlers all over the USA and the World to compete.

After leaving Syracuse University, Gene assisted Nick Porillo at Baldwinsville (97-98) where they won the League and Class Tournaments. From 1998-99 he went to Jordan-Elbridge as an el Professor de Espanol and coached the J-E Wrestling Team where they won more matches that one year than the previous 5 years combined.

In 1999, Gene took over the modified coaching duties at Phoenix until 2000 when he took over the Varsity coaching position. His Phoenix record stands at a stellar 219-68 with the only losing season being the first at 6-13. Since 2003, Phoenix never placed less than second in Leagues, winning the Leagues 6 times overall. Phoenix won the Section 3 Dual Meet Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2012, the Section 3 Championships in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and runner ups in 2012 and 2013.

In Section 3, since Gene took over at Phoenix, there have been 8 teams having a State Champion, 5 teams that have 2 State Champions, 1 that has 3 State Champions and Phoenix has had 6 State Champions.

Phoenix was the 2008 NY State Dual Meet Champions and won the 2012 NYS State Championships.