PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) Sirens from a police escort blared as the NCAA champion Wildcats arrived back at campus welcomed by an excited Nova family.
As the team got off the bus the loudest cheers came from John Mills the team’s bus driver. He’s part of that big extended Villanova family. He says he couldn’t wait to pick them up from the airport. When they landed he was seen giving hugs to some of the players.
"I told them don't come back unless you bring a trophy back so they said we did it. When they got off the plane they said we did it. I said, 'Yeah. you made your promise so it was good. It was nice,'" said John Mills.
He was still visibly proud watching the team get off the bus with the trophy. He gave most of them a pat on the back. He says even in the silence during the ride to the celebration he could feel how proud everyone was.
"Coming home it was nice, pleasant and it was quiet. I know they were excited in their hearts. It was good," said Mills.
It’s clear from the turnout that Nova’s win is not just for the team but for the entire community.
"I've been with them for three years so we're like family," said Mills.