With a long track record of winning and ties to Atlanta, NC State assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Gene Hill was named the head women’s basketball coach at Georgia State University by Director of Athletics Charlie Cobb on April 19, 2018.
In his first season at Georgia State, Hill led the Panthers to a historic season, going 17-14 (11-7 Sun Belt) and earning a bid to the WBI, GSU's first postseason appearance since 2003. Hill's first year marked the winningest season in GSU history since 2003-04. The seven win improvement in conference play from the previous year ranked fifth in Division-I and the team's 11 Sun Belt wins was the most conference wins for GSU since 2004-05. Jada Lewis earned All-Sun Belt honors along with Allison Johnson and Johnson was named Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year. The Panthers set a school single-season record for most 3-pointers made.
Following five successful seasons helping lead the Wolfpack to a 112-52 record, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, Hill becomes the 11th head coach of the Panthers in program history. Hill is coming off his most successful season in Raleigh, as the Wolfpack went 26-9 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
In his first season at NC State (2013-14), Hill helped lead the Wolfpack to a 25-8 record, a fourth-place finish in the ACC standings, and an NCAA Tournament appearance. After an 18-15 campaign in 2014-15 and a 20-11 season in 2015-16, Hill helped lead the Wolfpack to the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 in 2016-17 with an impressive 23-9 record (12-4 ACC).
He played a large role in mentoring 2017 All-ACC guards Miah Spencer and Dominique Wilson, both of whom were seniors during the successful 2016-17 season, eclipsed the 1,000-point mark at NC
Prior to his five years at NC State, Hill worked at Georgia Tech from 2009-12 as the Yellow Jackets made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance in 2012.
Hill was heavily involved in the player development of three WNBA draft picks between 2010-12, including first-rounders Alex Montgomery and Sasha Goodlett at Georgia Tech.
“I couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to lead Georgia State Women’s Basketball into the future, and to join the Georgia State family,” Hill said. “Throughout this process, it was clear to me that Charlie, Kelcey and the team are committed to excellence both on and off the court, which has been staples of programs I’ve been a part of throughout my career. I’m excited to hit the ground running and to lead a program that the University and local communities will be proud of.”
Hill was one of just 14 assistant coaches from around the country chosen to participate in Advocates for Athletic Equity’s (AAE) annual “Achieving Coaching Excellence” (ACE) Professional Development Program for basketball coaches in June 2016. The program is recognized as helping to boost the careers of some of the top minority coaches in the college game.
Prior to joining the Yellow Jackets, Hill served six seasons on the Butler women’s basketball staff, including two years as associate head coach. He worked as the Bulldogs’ recruiting coordinator and assisted with on-court coaching.
Hill joined coach Beth Couture’s first Butler staff in 2002 after serving as the interim head women’s basketball coach at East Carolina University during the 2001-02 season.
The Bulldogs’ resurgence to the upper tier of the Horizon League was due in large part to the talent that Hill accumulated at Butler. His first recruiting class included Jackie Closser and Ellen Hamilton, two players who scored 1,000 points in their Butler careers. Additionally, the Bulldogs landed at least one player on the Horizon League’s All-Newcomer Team in each of Hill’s four years as recruiting coordinator.
Hill was the head women’s basketball coach at USC Spartanburg from 1999-01. While in Spartanburg, he recruited three USA Today Honorable Mention All-Americans and the 2000-01 Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year.
From 1997-99, Hill served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Lander (S.C.) University. He helped lead the Bearcats to their first Peach Belt Conference Tournament championship and earned an NCAA Division II Tournament bid.
Hill graduated from Coker (S.C.) College with a degree in physical education in 1997. He grew up just outside of Atlanta in LaGrange, Ga.
While at Coker, Hill played for the Cobras’ basketball team for one season and also served as the assistant women’s basketball coach for three seasons.
Hill has been invited to attend The Villa 7 Consortium multiple times in Beaverton, Ore., a group of women’s basketball assistant coaches who are considered to be the next generation of rising head coaches in the country.
Hill and his wife, Heidi, have two children: daughter, Genevieve Ashlynn and son Guy Alexander.