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).
Pauline Love is no stranger to the Southern Miss Lady Eagle basketball program. Love, who had an outstanding career as a player, begins her fourth season as a member of the coaching staff. Her responsibilities include all aspects of the recruiting, assisting in basketball camps, on-the-floor coaching working primarily with the post players in skill development, scouting opponents and film breakdown.
Love comes to Southern Miss following a one-year stint as an assistant coach at McNeese State where her duties included on campus and off campus recruiting, social media director in recruiting and marketing of Cowgirl basketball, assist in camps and clinics, scouting, skill development, on court coaching with both the posts and guards and any other duties needed.
Prior to joining the McNeese staff, Love went on to the next level following her collegiate career, playing for the WNBA's Connecticut Sun in 2010 and the Cote d'Opale Basket Calais professional team in France during the 2010-11 season.
While at Southern Miss, Love was a three-time, first team All-Conference USA performer as well as a three-time finalist for the Gillom Trophy, which recognizes the top women's collegiate basketball player in the state of Mississippi.
During her senior campaign with the Lady Eagles, Love averaged 18.3 ppg and 12.8 rpg. She also ranked second in the nation in both rebounds per game and double-doubles (21), as well as ranking 33rd in scoring.
Love guided the Lady Eagles to one postseason appearance during her tenure, in which they reached the round of 16 in the WNIT. She finished her playing career ranking in the Top 10 on the school charts in nine different categories, including second in rebounding average (11.1), third in rebounding (1,051), fourth in scoring average (16.6), fifth in field goals made (648) and field goals attempted (1,436), sixth in scoring (1,576) seventh in 3-point goals made (94) and attempted (307) and 10th in minutes played (3,188).
Love is a native of Luxora, Arkansas and spent three seasons at Southern Miss after a one year stint at Jones County Junior College.
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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