Associate Head Coach
One of the rising stars in the coaching ranks, Dalonté Hill enters his fifth season at Kansas State, including his fourth as associate head coach under Frank Martin. He also serves the program as recruiting coordinator.
Hill has played a significant role in helping revitalize the Wildcat program under head coaches Bob Huggins and Frank Martin, which has tallied four consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in school history highlighted by a historic 29-8 record in 2009-10. With his help, K-State has 95 wins the past four seasons, including 40 in Big 12 play, and has advanced to the postseason in four straight seasons for the first time since the 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90 seasons, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2010.
The 95 wins are the most in school history in a four-year span, shattering the previous mark of 85 wins set from 1978-82, while the 40 conference victories are the most since the squad posted 43 from 1973-77. K-State is one of only four Big 12 schools (along with Kansas, Texas and Texas A&M) in that span to total four 20-win seasons and the Wildcats and Jayhawks are the only teams to finish in the top-4 in the Big 12 and receive a bye at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in each of the past four seasons.
This past season, Hill helped K-State post a school-record 29-8 overall record, including a Big 12 era high tie for second place in the league standings with an 11-5 mark. The Wildcats advanced to the postseason for the fourth consecutive season with their highest-ever seed (No. 2) in the NCAA Tournament and earned its first trip to the Elite Eight in more 20 years. In the process, the team knocked off a school-record six ranked opponents, including the first win over a No. 1 team since 1994, and finished the season ranking in the Top 10 for seven straight weeks capped by the school's first final Top 10 ranking since 1973 at No. 7 in both the USA Today/ESPN Coaches and Associated Press Top 25 polls.
The record-breaking season came on the heels of yet another solid campaign in 2008-09, in which, Hill helped K-State tally a 22-12 overall record, including a tie for fourth place in the Big 12 standings with a 9-7 mark. The Wildcats advanced to the postseason for the third consecutive season with an at-large bid (No. 4 seed) to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). The squad defeated Illinois State, 83-79, at home in overtime in the first round before losing to the region's top-seed, San Diego State, in the second round, 70-52.
During the 2007-08 season, the Wildcats recorded a 21-12 overall record, including a third-place finish in Big 12 play with a 10-6 mark. It marked not only the highest conference finish since the 1987-88 season, but also was the first time the team has collected 10 or more league victories in back-to-back seasons since the 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons. The squad earned an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nearly 12 years, where the 11th-seeded Wildcats defeated six-seeded USC, 80-67, to capture its first NCAA Tournament win since 1988 before bowing out to third-seeded Wisconsin in the second round.
In his first season at K-State, Hill helped guide the Wildcats to a 23-12 overall record, including a 10-6 record in Big 12 play. The 23 wins were the most for the program since tallying 25 during the 1987-88 season. The 2006-07 season also saw the team break an eight-year postseason drought with a bid to the MasterCard NIT, where they lost in the second round to DePaul.
In the past four years, Hill has helped coach eight all-league players, including unanimous first team selection as well as the Big 12 Player and Freshman of the Year Michael Beasley. The No. 2 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Beasley compiled one of the greatest seasons by a freshman in NCAA history en route to becoming just the second consensus first team All- American in school history. Hill has also helped coach first team honoree Jacob Pullen, second team selections Denis Clemente (twice), David Hoskins, Cartier Martin and Bill Walker as well as reigning Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year Jamar Samuels.
Hill has also played a major role in helping Kansas State land some of the country's best recruiting classes, including the nation's top-rated class by Scout.com and Rivals.com in 2006, which included No. 1 recruit Michael Beasley and No. 6 recruit Bill Walker. In 2008, he helped the Wildcats pull down their second top-20 class in the past three seasons, including their fourth McDonald's All-American (and second in last three seasons) in Wally Judge. The four-man class was rated 17th by Scout/ESPN.com and 18th by Rivals.com.
Hill joined the K-State staff on April 5, 2006, after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Charlotte, under former head coach Bobby Lutz. He helped guide the 49ers to a 61-30 (.760) overall record and three consecutive postseason appearances from 2003-06, including a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament (2004, 2005). He also helped the team to a share of the 2004 Conference USA regular season title as well as runner-up finishes in C-USA in 2004-05 and the Atlantic 10 in 2005-06.
During his tenure, Hill helped coach two All-Americans, one C-USA Player of the Year and seven all-conference players at Charlotte. Two 49ers earned All-America distinction as Eddie Basden and Curtis Withers were named to SI.com's third team and honorable mention lists in 2005. Withers was also named to Basketball Times' All-America third team in 2004. A two-time conference Defensive Player of the Year, Basden was selected as the 2005 Conference USA Player of the Year as well as the national Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
Prior to joining the college ranks, Hill served two years as the head coach of the AAU's DC Assault.
A three-year letterman at Charlotte from 1997-2000, Hill played on three postseason squads for the 49ers under head coaches Melvin Watkins and Bobby Lutz. As a true freshman in 1997-98, he averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 26 games with one start for the 49ers in helping the squad to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 20-11 record. As a sophomore, the 49ers captured the 1999 Conference USA Tournament title and once again advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round with a 23-11 record. During the 1999-2000 season, he averaged 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 23 games with 11 starts in helping Charlotte earn a Postseason NIT bid with a 17-16 record.
Hill transferred to Bowie State, a Division II school in Bowie, Md., for his senior season where he averaged 10.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in helping the Bulldogs to a 19-9 record. He returned to Charlotte following the season to complete his bachelor's degree in sociology in 2001.
A native of Washington, D.C., Hill, 31, and his wife, Tish, have three daughters, Danae (8), Dakotah (4) and Daeja (2).