Head Womens Basketball Coach Scott Hyland
Scott Hyland is in his fifth season as head women's basketball coach at Hill College (currently 19-11) as they enter their 3rd consecutive Region V Tournament. Last year the Lady Rebels went 24-7 and finished 2nd in the North Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The year before he guided the Lady Rebels to the semi-finals of the Region V Tournament, marking the deepest playoff run in the programs history.
The Lady Rebels have won 19 or more games for four straight years, the longest such run in program history. In 20013-14 and were ranked in the NJCAA national polls for a program record six consecutive weeks. In his four previous seasons at Hill, Hyland has sent 13 of 14 sophomores on to play at four-year college programs (2 NCAA DI’s, 5 NCAA DII’s, 3 NAIA DI’s, and 3 NCAA DIII’s).
From 2007-11, Hyland restored the Texas A&M-Kingsville women's basketball program to its former glory returning the Javelinas to the Lone Star Conference Tournament for the first time in nearly a decade. His teams showed improvement each year going from 7-20, to 16-11, to 18-10 and to a Lone Star Conference Tournament appearance before struggling the last year. Hyland finished with a 44-64 record in his Javelina career while his teams set 16 school records.
The 2009-10 squad set a number of school records and one national record. They set new marks for points in a game (115), number of times scoring 100 points (four), consecutive 100-point games (three), three-point field goals made in a game (19), three-point field goal attempts in a game (35), season field goal percentage (.443), season three-point percentage (.388) and season three-point field goals made (246). They also set an all-time women's basketball national record by making 12 consecutive three-pointers against Texas A&M-International.
The 18-win season was the most wins by the program since going 27-7 in 2000-01. It was only the fifth time the program had ever reached the 18 total wins for a season mark. In 2008-09, Hyland led the Javelinas to a 16-11 record which included wins over three nationally ranked opponents. The winning record and big wins led the Lone Star Conference South Division to select Hyland as the Coach of the Year. The Javelinas led the LSC and set a program record in free throw percentage at 76.5 percent.
In his first three seasons, the Javelinas had 10 players earn Lone Star Conference All-Conference or Honorable Mention honors. In 2008-09, LaKeisha Jones earned First Team LSC South honors and Angela Franklin was named the LSC South Newcomer of the Year. Additionally, nine members of the Javelina squad received recognition on the LSC Commissioners' Honor Roll.
Prior to taking over the Kingsville job, Hyland was, and still is, the most successful coach in the history of Paris Junior College women's basketball, posting an 80-72 record in five years including a 38-23 record his last two seasons, the second best two-year run in the history of the program. The Lady Dragons also went 20-16 in conference play the last two seasons, the best two-year conference run in school history. The Lady Dragon program reached several milestones under Hyland's leadership. The 2005-06 squad was nationally ranked for two weeks, the first time the program had ever received a national ranking, and the 2002-03 team reached the regional tournament semifinals for the first time in school history. Two of the three 20-win seasons in the history of the program came under Hyland - 21-10 in 2005-06, and 20-12 in 2002-03. His Lady Dragon teams also set or tied 19 team and 16 individual records.
Before becoming head coach at Paris Junior College, Hyland had an extensive career as an assistant coach. He was an assistant coach at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (2000-02) and at Odessa College (1999-00). He was also an assistant coach at the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Neb., and served one year as head coach.
His first job in women's basketball came at Omaha Central High School in 1996, when he served as assistant girls' basketball coach. Hyland was a men's assistant coach at Dana College in Blair, Neb., and a men's graduate assistant at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. His first coaching position came as an assistant men's coach at his alma mater, the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. Hyland played basketball for the University of Mary where he earned a pair of degrees, communications and business in 1990, and physical education in 1993. He received his master's degree from Nebraska-Omaha in 1995.
Hyland was a national voter for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. He was also the LSC Captain for the WBCA and served on the WBCA DII National Coach of the Year Committee.
Scott and his wife Yvonne have two sons, Reid and Sean.
2012-Present Head Coach, Hill College
2011-2012 Assistant Coach, Texas Southern
2007-2011 Head Coach, Texas A&M University – Kingsville
2002-2007 Head Coach, Paris Junior College
2000-2002 Assistant Coach, University of Louisiana – Lafayette
1999-2000 Assistant Coach, Odessa College
1997-1999 Head Coach, College of Saint Mary’s
1994-1995 Assistant Coach, Dana College (MBB)
1993-1994 Assistant Coach, University of Nebreaksa-Omaha (MBB)
1990-1993 Assistant Coach, University of Mary (MBB)
Assistant Coach William Milton
William Milton is in his third year as head assistant and recruiting coordinator here at Hill College, second year in his second stint, after spending two years at McMurry University. Milton was at Hill for the 2012-13 season before moving on to McMurry as the head assistant women’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator in fall of 2013. In the 2014-15 season he was named Interim Head Coach as the program transitioned back to the NCAA Division III level after spending two seasons transitioning to division II. Coach Milton returned to Hill College for the 2015-16 season to help Coach Hyland and the Lady Rebels to a overall record of 24-7 and finishing second in conference. His primary duties will include recruiting coordinator, scouting, player development, and on-court coaching responsibilities for the Lady Rebels’ program.
“I would first like to thank Coach Scott Hyland for my return to the Hill College women’s basketball family,” Milton said. “I am excited to help lead the Lady Rebels on and off the court and look forward to continuing the tradition of success here. “
“I am looking forward to building relationships with the administration, alumni, supporters, and current players. Our program will produce quality student-athletes that will represent Hill College well, on and off the floor. I can’t wait to hit the ground running and continue the excellence that Coach Hyland has had since my departure.”
Milton has a diverse background in basketball in playing (NJCAA and NCAA Division II levels), coaching and player development. He has coached at several levels that include being a head coach at the high school level (Notre Dame H.S./Wichita Falls, Texas), junior college assistant positions (Frank Phillips College/Borger, Texas & Hill College/Hillsboro, Texas), as an assistant at the NCAA Division II level (Midwestern State University/Wichita Falls, Texas) (McMurry University/Abilene, Texas), and as head coach and recruiting coordinator at the NCAA Division III level (McMurry University/Abilene, Texas).
Milton earned his undergraduate degree as a Sport Fitness and Management major at Midwestern State University in 2007 and currently in pursuit of aM.Ed. Degree in Coaching, Sport, Recreation, and Fitness Administration at Angelo State University.
What they say about Milton:
"I am very excited to have Will back on the Lady Rebel staff. He is a person of great character and took great pride in building the Hill College women’s basketball program when he was here three years ago. I am very happy to have him on board as we work to take this program to another level."
- Coach Scott Hyland- Hill College,Head Women’s Basketball Coach
“Will is by far one of the most engaging and enthusiastic young coaches I’ve ever met. He is a tireless worker and is always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. I have been around several young men in my life and Will is certainly someone who I would rate at the top of my list. He is someone who continues to push himself to become better in every aspect of our profession. Hill College is fortunate to have someone of Will’s caliber.”
- Coach Josh Prock- Eastern New Mexico University,Head Women’s Basketball Coach
“Coach Milton is a tireless worker at making himself better. The windfall from his persistence is that he makes those around him step back, account for themselves, and try to match his intensity. He loves the game which drives others to be better.”
-Coach Ron Holmes- Abilene Christian University, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
(Milton’s former Athletics Director at McMurry University)