Tiger Basketball School at East Central University
Associate Head CoachAaron Hill
Phone: (580) 559-5566
The 2016-2017 season was Coach Hill’s 3rd season at East Central. In Hill’s time at ECU the Tigers have won back-to-back GAC Championships, a GAC Tournament Championship, made an appearance in the NCAA National Tournament, and have averaged over 20 wins per season. He has also been instrumental in the development of numerous All-GAC players including All-American and unanimous GAC Player of the Year Braxton Reeves. Over the past 3 seasons Tiger players have been honored over 50 times for their performance.
Hill spent two seasons at Eastern Arizona College as an assistant coach prior to joining the Tigers. While with the Gila Monsters, he helped the team to 39 victories in two seasons, including multiple wins over nationally ranked teams in the NJCAA. At EAC he assisted with recruiting, creating strength & conditioning programs, scouting and working with post and perimeter players.
The program produced five all-conference and three all-region players as well as a conference freshman and player of the year and a two-time all-American.
A two-time Missouri All-State and Mr. Basketball Finalist himself, Hill has also coached at the high school level, as an assistant at Quincy High School in Illinois from 2010-12. In his final season the team claimed the Western Big Six Conference Championship and finished 20-7 in 4A.
Hill spent four seasons at Rockhurst University where he ended his time with the Hawks at No. 5 on the school’s career scoring list. The two-time All-American and Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year also set school records for three-point field goals made in a season and career. Hill was also a two-time GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year and earned two Capital One Academic All-America honors.
After college Hill moved on to play professionally in Australia for the Ringwood Hawks for one season. In 2011 he was selected as a BigV League All-Star and was among the league’s leaders in scoring, three-point shooting and steals.
The Canton, Mo., native earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2008 and a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst in 2010. Hill is married to the former Andrea Knapp, and they have a son, Noah.
Lucas Hunter joins the East Central University men’s basketball staff for the 2017-2018 season. He heads to ECU after having been a part of the men’s basketball program at Southern Illinois University, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference and an NCAA Division I institution.
In his two years as lead manager for Coach Barry Hinson, the Salukis had great success. In his first season, the team finished 22-10 and in fourth place in the final MVC standings. In year two, Coach Hunter helped the Salukis to a third-place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference. Prior to his work at SIU, Hunter also served as a student manager under head coach Anthony Grant at the University of Alabama of the Southeastern Conference.
Coach Hunter’s duties with SIU included on floor skill development of guards and forwards, assisting with scouting reports, evaluating recruiting prospects, helping with on campus visits, working on film breakdown, and coordinating team travel and meals.
Head Coach Barry Hinson stated, “East Central and Coach Havens hit a home run in hiring Lucas Hunter. I have been in this business along time and Lucas is one of the most tireless workers I have had the pleasure of being associated with. Lucas was invaluable as a part of our basketball family. He has a very bright future as a collegiate coach.”
Hunter is a native of Carterville, Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Hunter will get his graduate degree in education with a concentration in sports administration from ECU.