Tisha Hill enters her fourth season at Butler and her first as associated head coach. Hill brings eighteen years of Division I college coaching experience to the Bulldogs. She has helped guide teams to postseason play ten of her last eighteen seasons and has participated in five NCAA tournaments, highlighted by a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1999. She has also coached teams to five WNIT postseason appearances including three here at Butler.
“Tisha brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program as both a former head coach and assistant coach at the Division I level. She is an outstanding teacher and motivator, but most importantly, she is extremely passionate about Butler and our basketball program." head coach Beth Couture said.
For the past three seasons Hill has guided the Bulldogs frontcourt. She has assisted in the development of transfer standout Daress McClung into being named second team All-Atlantic 10 in her first year in the conference. Hill will now turn her focus to the development of the Bulldogs backcourt and wings.
Prior to her arrival at Butler, Hill spent five seasons as the head coach at Youngstown State. During her tenure at YSU, Hill led the Penguins to its first win over a ranked opponent in seven years when the Penguins beat No. 23 Green Bay, 60-56, on Feb. 19, 2005. The win ended UWGB’s 55-game conference home winning streak. During Hill’s final season at Youngstown State the team went to one of its first ever second round appearances in the Horizon League tournament.
In addition to Hill’s five years as a head coach, she spent 10 years as an assistant coach at four different Division I schools. She spent two seasons (2001-03) at Ball State, helping the Cardinals to a 45-18 record, two WNIT appearances and two MAC West Championships. Prior to her time at BSU, Hill coached four seasons at Virginia Tech (1997-2001) and helped guide the Hokies to its biggest turnaround in school history. Virginia Tech won four NCAA Tournament games while Hill was on staff including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. In 1995-97, Hill was an assistant at Green Bay where it won a MCC regular season championship in 1996. Hill began her coaching career at her alma mater Indiana University as a graduate assistant in 1993-95 where she posted NCAA first round appearances each season.
Hill, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, enjoyed a stellar playing career at Indiana University from 1988-92. She was a four-year letter-winner and starting point guard for the Hoosiers. In her four years as a player she captained IU to a postseason WNIT runner-up finish in 1992 and set school records for career assists (533) and steals (220). She still ranks among the school leaders in both categories.
Hill earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Indiana in 1993 and a master’s degree in kinesiology in 1995.