Hill Leaves K-State To Accept Position at Maryland

Associate head coach Dalonte Hill has resigned to accept a position at Maryland.

May 18, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head coach Frank Martin announced on Wednesday that associate head coach Dalonte Hill has resigned his position to accept a similar position at Maryland.

 

“There are few words to describe the impact Dalonte has had on our program,” said Martin.  “He has played a pivotal role in helping K-State get back to the forefront of college basketball.  I appreciate his support and commitment these five years.  Our relationship stretches many years, prior to coming to K-State, and he will always be a close friend.  I know this was an extremely difficult decision for him because he loves our players and this program.  However, the opportunity from him to get closer to home was too much to pass up.  We wish him and his family all the best, as they start this new chapter in their lives.”   

 

A native of Washington, D.C., Hill was first hired as an assistant coach at K-State by former head coach Bob Huggins on April 5, 2006 after three seasons at Charlotte.  He was elevated to associate head coach and recruiting coordinator just over a year later on April 6, 2007 upon the promotion of Martin to head coach. 

 

“This was a difficult decision for me and my family to make,” said Hill.  “I really appreciate all the support from the administration and the community, in first, giving me the opportunity to come here and then allowing me to grow as both a coach and a person.  I know that I’m leaving this place in great hands with Frank Martin, the current staff and administration.  I see nothing but a bright future for the program.”  

 

Hill has played a significant role in helping to revitalize the K-State program, which has tallied five consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in school history.  With his help, the Wildcats have posted 118 wins the past five seasons, including 50 in Big 12 play, and have advanced to the postseason in an unprecedented five straight seasons, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

 

Hill is the first assistant and/or support staff to leave Martin’s staff since he became head coach in 2007, making Kansas State one of the more stable programs in the Big 12.  The school was the last in the league to have any type of staff turnover in the past five years. 

 

Hill, 32, is a 2001 graduate of Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.  He played three seasons for the 49ers from 1997-2000.  He and his wife, Tish, have three daughters, Danae, Dakotah and Daeja.

 

Martin said a national search for Hill's replacement has already begun.