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Monday, November 23, 2015

Casey Hill builds on family legacy of coaching success with the Santa Cruz Warriors

by James Hill '76

Casey Hill ’07, a former Trinity Tigers men’s basketball standout, produces champions.

In only his second year as head coach, Hill guided the Santa Cruz (CA) Warriors to the championship of the National Basketball Association Development League (D-League). This development league was created to help players achieve their dream of one day making it to the NBA. Under Hill’s leadership, the Warriors  won a franchise-record 35 regular-season games, including 11 in a row.

Hill was appointed head coach of Santa Cruz in 2013, and he led the Warriors to the league finals. He served for the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with the Warriors/Dakota Wizards, which were based in Bismarck, N.D. Hill also coaches Golden State Warriors during their D-League assignments, and develops players for spots in the NBA. Over the past two seasons Hill has coached eight Golden State players during their assignments with the Warriors. Five players also earned call-ups to the NBA.

During Hill’s days as a Trinity player, from the 2003-04 season to the 2006-07 season, the Tigers advanced three times to the NCAA Division III playoffs. The 2004-05 squad fought its way to the NCAA Elite Eight.

Hill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity in communication. The youngest of three brothers, all of whom were Trinity Tigers, Hill comes from a basketball family—and all three of the Hill brothers are coaches. His oldest brother Cameron Hill ’99, is in his fourth season as the Trinity women’s basketball head coach. Chris Hill ’02 is a successful boys’ basketball coach at the Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. The patriarch of the family is their father, Bob Hill, a longtime NBA coach. Prior to joining the Warriors/Wizards franchise, Hill worked with his father as an assistant of the Tokyo Apache, in the Basketball Japan League.

Trinity was an important part of Hill’s life, on the basketball court, in the classroom, and for another very important reason: he met his future wife, Lizz Aubrey Glomb ’08, on Trinity’s campus. The two were married in 2011.

As Hill continues to accumulate wins and make a name for himself in the coaching world, he honors the family business of basketball every day, both on and off the court.

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