Following a defiant seventh-round knockout of previously unbeaten Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12...
By Wesley Chism Jr.
Updated: October 13, 2007
SEATTLE — Entering his second season as head coach of Virginia State University Lady Trojans, head coach James Hill is excited about the upcoming season. “I’m looking forward to picking up where we left off”, Hill added
Last year, VSU was predicted to finish last in the CIAA’s Eastern Division, but I don’t think that Coach Hill got that memo. Posting victories over Elizabeth City, Fayetteville State and making to the second round of the CIAA Tournament proved that Coach Hill has got something special on the horizon.
The Lady Trojans lost seven games last season by two or three points. “That experience made is stronger and we’re building upon it”, stated Coach Hill. “It was an excellent teaching opportunity that forced us to execute until the last second has run off the clock”, he added.
Not only did the Lady Trojans move up four spots but the have positioned themselves this year to be considered as serious contenders for the division title. With four returning starters, one of them being All-CIAA (Katania Walker) and a excellent recruiting class, a CIAA championship run isn’t that far off.
The respect from last year is already evident. This season, the Lady Trojans have been chosen to finish third in this year’s Eastern Division race, the highest pre-season placement for a Lady Trojan team since 2002.
Being Head Coach comes with a lot of responsibility and Coach Hill lets his players know from the first conversation what’s expected of them. Books and Basketball, no compromise, that’s what it takes to be a Lady Trojan Basketball Player.
“I expect discipline in the class room with as much effort that is given on the basketball court. At Virginia State University, we’re training our student athletes to be successful in their chosen field. There’s no substitute for a college education and Virginia State University provides you with the opportunity to follow your dreams”, added Coach Hill.
Coach Hill has been involved in basketball since 1980 as either a player or assistant coach which made the transition to Head Coach a perfect fit for him. “I always wanted to give back and teach the game the right way.”
“I enjoy women’s basketball because the players are fundamentally sound and the team concept is beautiful to watch when executed properly.”
Coach Hill will the first one to say that he’s been fortunate to be around the right people and that he has had some great coaches in his life but his success has come by putting God first in his life.
“It just has a way of keeping everything in perspective during the highs and the lows.”
Well, I’m not going to make any predictions but if you’ve got the Virginia State Lady Trojans on your schedule this year, you better bring your A-game!