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ECHillDover, Del. (June 4, 2021) --- Delaware State University has announced the appointment of former professional standout Yconda "E.C." Hill as the new head coach of the Lady Hornets' basketball team.

After a stellar career at Northern Illinois University, Hill played for two teams in the American Basketball League, the New England Blizzard from 1996-98 and the Chicago Condors from 1998-99. In the WNBA she played with the Charlotte Sting in 2000, the Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks in 2001 and the Orlando Miracle in 2002. Hill also played in several cities in Europe.

She joins the DSU staff after serving as an assistant coach at Towson (Md.) University the last two seasons.
During the 2020-21 campaign, Hill primarily worked with the Towson guards. Under her tutolege, Tiger guard Kionna Jeter finish her collegiate career averaging 23.0 points per game to rank 10th in the country and first in the Colonial Athletic Association. Jeter became the first player in Towson history to be drafted into the WNBA, chosen with the 12th pick in the third round (36th overall) by the Las Vegas Aces earlier this year.

Before Towson, Hill served three seasons (2016-19) as head girls' basketball coach at Montverde Academy, a private boarding school in Montverde, Fla. .
From 2011 to '16, she was an assistant coach at the University of Arizona. While with the Wildcats she coached one of the best scorers in program history and the 18th player at Arizona to reach 1,000 points in Candice Warthen.

She also was a position coach for Davellyn Whyte who was drafted 16th overall in the WNBA draft in 2013. Hill's first season at Arizona began with an 11-1 start, the best in program history since the 1999-00 season.

A graduate of Northern Illinois, Hill also spent six years as an assistant at her alma mater.
Hill has her legend marked down in the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame, and in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She helped lead the Huskies to three straight NCAA Tournament berths under head coach Jane Albright.

Her accomplishments at NIU led to numerous accolades. Hill was named a first-team U.S. Basketball Writers' Association All-American, a Kodak District Four All-American, a preseason Street and Smith's and Basketball Times All-American, Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year, first-team All-Mid-Con and All-Mid-Con Tournament on a 25-6 NCAA Tourney squad that won the 1993-94 Mid-Con regular-season title with an 18-0 record.

Diane C. Richardson, Head Women's Basketball Coach at Towson University said of Hill's appointment, "Coach Hill has been a tremendous asset to our program and I know that she will use her experience as an elite player and coach for success at Delaware State University."

Coach Hill is grateful for the opportunity to join the DSU family. "Delaware State University is ripe with opportunity. Geographically, and as one of the nation's premier HBCUs, we are perfectly positioned to recruit exceptional student-athletes. The University's commitment to women's sports is also clear and compelling," she said. "We can create something really special here."

A 1995 grad from Northern Illinois, Hill has a degree in communications and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She also has a daughter, Asia Janay Murray.
In March 2021, as the University announced the retirement of its athletic director and head coach vacancies for vacancies for women's and men's basketball, President Dr. Tony Allen stated, "As we look toward the Fall, we must now chart a new, bolder path for Delaware State University's athletics future, one that should be marked by outstanding academic performance, a culture of winning the right way, a commitment to the community we call home, and an unquenchable HBCU spirit."

Today, Dr. Allen reflected on that commitment, saying, "I firmly believe that in coaches Hill is an individual of quality who will lead our women's program to a winning tradition and — more importantly — continue to mold young women into the leaders that our global community needs."


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