Tisha Hill enters her third season at Butler and brings 17 years of Division I coaching experience to the Bulldogs. She has helped guide teams to postseason play nine of the last 16 years and has participated in five NCAA tournaments, highlighted by a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1999. She has also coached teams to four WNIT postseason appearances.
“Tisha brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program as both a head coach and assistant coach at the Division I level,” head coach Beth Couture said. “Tisha works primarily with player development and the growth of our post players. I very glad to have her as a part of our program.”
Prior to her arrival at Butler, Hill spent five seasons as the head coach at fellow Horizon League school Youngstown State. During her tenure at YSU, Hill led YSU 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. Hill won 45 games during her time at YSU, improving the team’s single-season win total by 10 during her tenure.
While at Youngstown State, she led the 2007-08 team to its best regular season mark since becoming a member in 2001. She coached one Newcomer of the Year (Jen Perugini), three league all-newcomer team members (Lauren Branson, Heather Karner and Tiara Scott), one all-defensive team member (Lauren Branson) and one second team All-Horizon League League player (Tiara Scott) while with the Penguins. During Hill’s final season at Youngstown State the team went to its first ever second round appearance 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. Hill was an assistant at Green Bay from 1995-97 where it won an MCC regular season championship in 1996 and at Indiana from 1993-95 where she posted two 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 letterwinner 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 while serving as a graduate assistant women’s basketball coach.