Former Capitol High coach Damieon Mills has been hired as football coach at Class 1A East Iberville.

Mills, 39, coached the Lions in 2011 and for half of the 2012 season. A Capitol quarterback from 1991-95, Mills was boys basketball coach at St. Landry Parish-based North Central in 2014-15. He was offensive coordinator at a Houma-area school, H.L. Bourgeois, in 2013.

“It’s the opportunity to improve a program that hasn’t experienced a lot of success,” Mills said. “I like the challenge, and I’m also looking for a place where I can stay for a long time.”

Mills takes over for Marc Brown, who was hired in March but left last week before ever coaching a game for the Tigers. Brown is now coach at Class 3A Brusly.

Mills said he understands the challenge at hand. EIHS typically has a squad of 25 players or less and has not won a game since October 2012.

“I want to show the players I’m going to be there for them,” he said. “I think all the experiences I’ve had up to this point, including my time at Capitol, helped prepare me for this.”

Mills played college football at West Virginia Tech and spent time coaching in Florida before returning to Louisiana to be coach at South Plaquemines in 2010. SPHS finished 10-4, but Mills returned to Florida early in 2011 to organize a series of football camps before accepting the job at Capitol.