Kiley Hill begins his first season with the Lady Eagle basketball program.
Hill comes to Southern Miss following a 16-year stint as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Valdosta State where he compiled a 279-177 record. He established himself as one of the top Division II coaches in the nation and was recognized as the 2012 Women's Basketball Coaches Association's South Region Coach of the Year. He stacked that on top of being named the Gulf South Conference East Division's Coach of the Decade award. Hill has also garnered the GSC East Coach of the Year twice in his career.
Hill advanced to postseason play 14 times during his tenure at VSU. Ten out of his 16 teams ranked in the top 10 or no less than 25th in the nation in team defense. He had six teams win the Gulf South Conference Eastern Division or was runner-up. He averaged at least 19 wins over his last 10 seasons. Hill also coached three All-Americans, one GSC Female Athlete of the Year and 22 all-conference players. Not only did his teams perform well on the court, but off the court as his teams produced 28 all-academic accolades, two times named a WBCA Academic Honor Roll while boasting a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Hill joined the VSU staff in 2000 after one year as the head coach at the University of West Alabama. That was preceded by three seasons as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at The University of West Alabama.
Hill played baseball at Arkansas Tech, graduating with a degree in math education in 1995. He was the women’s basketball graduate assistant for two years under the legendary Joe Foley before moving to UWA where he earned his Masters in continuing education in 1997. A native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Hill is married to the former Molly Longing of Russellville, Ark.,They have two children, Whitley (16), and Skyler (13).
HATTIESBURG, Miss – Southern Miss Women’s Basketball Coach Joye Lee-McNelis announced the hiring of Victoria Crawford as an assistant coach for the program.
Crawford, who played for McNelis at Memphis from 2001 to 2005, joins Southern Miss following six seasons at Miles College as an assistant basketball coach and also seven years of professional play.
“We are excited to have Victoria Crawford to join our Lady Eagle family,” McNelis said. “Victoria is one of my own and I have watched her grow on and off the court. She is a part of the McNelis family and knows that my philosophy is about impacting lives on a daily basis.”
Crawford’s professional experience started in the WNBA after spending time in training camps for the Washington Mystics and Atlanta Dream before moving overseas and playing for teams in Iceland, Israel and Austria. Upon retirement, Crawford joined the coaching staff at Miles College from 2012 to 2017. She also coached Volleyball and Track and Field during her time in Birmingham. “It is an honor and a blessing to serve the University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball program as their assistant women’s basketball coach,” Crawford said. “As a former athlete under Coach McNelis, I am aware of her passion and vision to see student-athletes excel on the court and in life. I look forward to adding to the tradition of the Lady Eagle program.”
At Memphis, Crawford set multiple records that still stand. She holds the record for single-season free throws made (207), free throws made in a single-game (16), single-game free throw percentage (1.000) and made the third most career free throws (497). Crawford was also a member of the Tigers’ Track and Field team, competing in the heptathlon, high, long and triple jump.
Crawford earned a BA in Communications from Memphis is 2004 and an MBA from Walden University in 2016. Crawford and her daughter, Londyn, reside in Hattiesburg.
Lauren Pittman is no stranger to the Southern Miss program as she was a member of the Lady Eagles (2006-07, 2008-11) for three seasons, begins her first season with the Lady Eagle program.
Pittman, a former Lady Eagles, comes to Southern Miss following a one-year stint at Jones County Junior College where they finished with a 19-7 record that included wins against four nationally ranked opponents in helping the Lady Bobcats advanced to postseason play.
Prior to coaching at Jones, Pittman coached three seasons at Petal High School where she was responsible for the strength and conditioning program. She also assisted the head coach with practices, games, fundraisers, camps and clinics.
Pittman also was a volunteer coach with the Southern Exposure, Inc. for two years.
Pittman is from Clara and is a 2006 graduate of Wayne County High School. She played three seasons at Southern Miss where she was a member of the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2006-07. She received her BS degree in Sports Coaching from Southern Miss in 2014 with a minor in biological sciences.
Pittman's parents are Frank and Priscilla Pittman of Clara. She has two brothers -- Blake and Scott Pittman -- who are both JCJC graduates in accounting.
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