Coach Kiley Hill's start with the Lady Eagles came during the 2016-2017 season, helping the Lady Eagles return to the Conference USA championship game for the third time in the previous four seasons. Hill's experience helped an under sized squad, nicknamed the Feisty Bunch, rank 11 nationally for total steals (370) and 20 for steals per game (10.9).
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).