Head Coach Scott Hyland

Scott Hyland enters his ninth season as head women's basketball coach at Hill College, leading the Lady Rebels to a 20-11 record last season and a program record sixth consecutive trip to the Region V tournament.  In eight seasons at Hill, Hyland has a 155-90 record and is the programs all-time leader in wins.  With 287 career wins, he has a chance to hit the 300 career win milestone sometime this season.  The Lady Rebels have been the 5th winningest program over the last seven year in Region V, one of the best regions for women’s junior college basketball in the nation, and are one of only four programs to reach the Region V Tournament in each of the last six seasons.

The 2018-19 season was a memorable one for the Rebels as they won the North Central Junior College Athletic Conference title and finished #25 in the nation in the final regular season NJCAA poll.  It also marked the fourth consecutive season that Hill led the conference in 3-point field goals, defensive rebounds per game, and rebounds per game.

The Lady Rebels have won 17 or more games for seven straight years, the longest such run in program history.  In the 20013-14 season, the Lady Rebels were ranked in the NJCAA national polls for a program record six consecutive weeks.  In his eight seasons at Hill, Hyland has sent 36 of 40 sophomores on to play at four-year college programs and had 37 of them graduate from Hill on time.  Lady Rebels have also taken home several awards during Hyland’s tenure at Hill.  15 players have been named to the NTJCAC all-conference team, six have been named all region, one conference freshman of the year and two conference defensive players of the year.  In addition, 12 members of the Lady Rebels have been named NJCAA All-Academic over the past three seasons.

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 reside in Hillsboro and have two sons, Reid and Sean and three rescue dogs; Allie, Dude, and Jack.

 

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 Rachel Jones

Rachel JonesRachel Jones is entering her first season as assistant women’s basketball coach at Hill College.

Rachel graduated from St. Mary’s University with a degree in Corporate Finance and Risk Management.

She played 2 seasons at St. Mary’s, and was named Heartland Conference Newcomer of the Year and helped lead the Lady Rattlers to two Conference Championships and two DII NCAA Tournament appearances.

Rachel also played professionally overseas in Israel, Germany, and Estonia.

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.