Head Womens Basketball Coach Scott Hyland
Scott Hyland is in his sixth season as head women's basketball coach at Hill College, compiling a 96-56 record, with 19 or more wins in each of the last four seasons. Over the past four years the Lady Rebels are the 4th winningest program in Region V, arguably the best region in the nation for women’s junior college basketball and the 2nd winningest team in the conference. Over the last two years the Rebels have led the region in scoring, 3-point field goals, and defensive rebounds per game while making the 5th most free throws per game in the nation this past season.
During the 2013-14 season, the Lady Rebels spent a program record six consecutive weeks in the national rankings and finished the year #1 in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense holding opponents to 20.7% from beyond the arc.
In 2008-09, he led Texas A&M-Kingsville to a 16-11 record and 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 the winningest 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 run in school history. The Lady Dragon program reached several first time 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. 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.
Head Coach - Hill College - 2012-Present
Assistant Coach - Texas Southern University - 2011-2012
Head Coach - Texas A&M University – Kingsville - 2007-2011
Head Coach - Paris Junior College - 2002-2007
Assistant Coach - University of Louisiana-Lafayette - 2000-2002
Assistant Coach - Odessa College - 1999-2000
Head Coach - College of Saint Mary - 1997-1999
Assistant Coach - Central High School (Omaha, NE) - 1996-1997
Assistant Coach - Dana College (Men) - 1994-1995
Assistant Coach - University of Nebraska-Omaha (men) - 1993-1994
Assistant Coach - University of Mary (Men) - 1990-1993
The 2009-10 Texas A&M-Kingsville squad set a number of school records and one national record.
Points in a game (115)
Number of times scoring 100 points (4)
Consecutive 100-point games (3)
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)
Season three-point field goals made (246)
**Set a national mark by making by 12 consecutive three-pointers against Texas A&M-International.
The 18 wins by the team in 2009-10 have been the most at Texas A&M-Kingsville in the past 15-years. It was only the fifth time the program has reached the 18-victory total for a season.
Assistant Coach Victoria Pena
Victoria Pena is in her first season as an assistant coach at Hill College.
Pena enjoyed a successful four-year career as a student athlete at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) in Nacogdoches, Texas. Pena played for then Head Coach Brandon Schneider (2012-2015), and current Head Coach Mark Kellogg. During her career she was a part of SFA’s 16th and 17th Southland Conference Championship seasons, and helped the Lady Jacks compile a cumulative record of 78-50, while there from 2012-2016. During her senior year she was awarded the Murray Shaw Academic Award, an award given to the player with the highest GPA for the year in each sport.
She graduated from SFA in 2016 with her B.A. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Kinesiology.
Prior to coaching, Pena was a paralegal in San Antonio, Texas for Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, and a Compliance Assistant for University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Athletics in her hometown of Edinburg, Texas. During her time in the Rio Grande Valley, she was a volunteer coach of her alma mater high school varsity girl’s summer basketball team.
“I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity that Coach Hyland has given me, and I’m excited to begin working with our group of girls and the Hill College community.”
Assistant Coach Wanda Talton
Coach Wanda Talton begins her fifth season with the Hill College Lady Rebels basketball program.
Over her four years at Hill College, the program has continued to flourish while building a record of 81-41 and 3 straight regional tournament appearances. Serving as defensive coordinator for the Lady Rebels, Talton helped guide a defense that led the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense and a top 15 ranking in defensive rebounds per game in 2013-14. In the 2015-15 season, the defense was in the top 12 in the nation in steals per game and in 2016-27 were Top 20 in total rebounds per game.
Coach Talton began her coaching career at Hutcheson Junior High School, and later served as an assistant coach at Sam Houston High School. Coach T established the basketball program at Arlington Bowie High School when the school re-opened in 1991. Her Lady Vols won four district championships, 9 bi-district championships, 6 regional quarterfinal appearances, two regional tournaments. In 2005 she led the Bowie Lady Vols to the 5A State Championship in girls’ basketball. Her team is the only Arlington ISD team to ever win a state championship in basketball (men’s or women’s). In addition, Coach Talton is the only African-American woman to ever win a UIL state championship at the 5A level (which at the time was the largest HS classification). She taught all levels of mathematics during her career, and coached track and field as well.
Talton’s former players have gone on to play at various college levels, from community college, to NAIA, to Division 1, 2 & 3. However, she is most proud of the servicewomen, doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, engineers, coaches, accountants, business owners and mothers they have become.
Coach Talton received her master of science in Interdisciplinary Studies and bachelor of arts in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington. Talton is an alumni of Hill College, where she was a member of the Lady Rebels basketball team and graduated Summa Cum Laude with an associate’s degree. She was inducted into the Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014 for her contributions to the early Lady Rebels Basketball program and her career accomplishments