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Head Coach Lew Hill

Lew Hill
Head Coach

UTRGV Athletics hired Lew Hill, who spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma, as the new UTRGV men’s basketball head coach on March 31, 2016.
 
Oklahoma went 29-7 (.784) in 2016 and compiled a 111-57 (.661) record during Hill’s tenure, including four-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament capped by an appearance in the 2016 Final Four.
 
The 2015-16 season was Hill’s 12th working with former Pan American University head coach Lon Kruger, after spending seven seasons as an assistant coach at UNLV from 2004-11. During that time, UNLV went 161-71 (.694) while making six postseason appearances, including four NCAA Tournament appearances.
 
Prior to his time at UNLV, Hill was an assistant coach at Texas A&M for five seasons (1998-2003) and associate head coach (2003-04) for one. He previously spent four seasons as an assistant coach at East Carolina (1994-98) and two years as an assistant at Southeast Missouri State (1992-94).
 
Hill began his coaching career at Wichita East High School as the head coach of the JV boys’ basketball team and an assistant coach with the varsity team in 1989-90. He followed that up by moving into the collegiate ranks as an assistant coach at South Alabama (1990-92).
 
Hill was an All-American point guard for San Jacinto Junior College in 1983-84, helping the Ravens to the national championship. He went on to earn All-Missouri Valley Conference accolades in 1987-88 as a senior at Wichita State while helped the Shockers to a 20-10 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
 
The Mount Vernon, N.Y., native was an all-state performer at Mount Vernon High School. After graduating from Wichita State in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, he played professionally in Germany for one season before beginning his coaching career.
 
Hill and his wife, Renee, have two children: a son, Lewis Jr., and a daughter, Elle. Hill also has three other daughters, Sierra, Erica and Asya.