Noted as one of the top coaches and recruiters nationally, Dalonte Hill is in his second season as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland.
Hill has been instrumental in Maryland signing back-to-back top-25 classes, leading the recruitment of local guard Roddy Peters, the top-ranked player in Maryland in the class of 2013.
A native of Washington, D.C., Hill came to Maryland from Kansas State, where he was hired by former head coach Bob Huggins in April 2006 after three seasons at Charlotte. He was elevated to associate head coach and recruiting coordinator just over a year later upon the promotion of Frank Martin to head coach.
Hill played a significant role in helping to revitalize the K-State program, which has tallied five consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in school history. With his help, the Wildcats have posted 118 wins the past five seasons, including 50 in Big 12 play, and have advanced to the postseason in an unprecedented five straight seasons, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
The 118 wins are the most in school history in a five-year span, shattering the previous mark of 107 wins set from 1957-62, while the 50 conference victories are the most since the squad posted 56 from 1971-76. K-State is one of four Big 12 schools (along with Kansas, Texas and Texas A&M) in that span to total five 20-win seasons, while the Wildcats and Jayhawks are the only teams to finish in the top-4 in the Big 12 and receive a bye at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in each of the past five seasons.
Hill has also played a major role in helping Kansas State land some of the country's best recruiting classes, including the nation's top-rated class by Scout.com and Rivals.com in 2006, which included No. 1 recruit Michael Beasley and No. 6 recruit Bill Walker. In 2008, he helped the Wildcats pull down their second top-20 class in the past three seasons, including their fourth McDonald's All-American (and second in last four seasons) in Wally Judge. The four-man class was rated 17th by Scout/ESPN.com and 18th by Rivals.com.
Hill spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Charlotte under Bobby Lutz. He helped guide his alma mater to a 61-30 (.760) overall record and three consecutive postseason appearances from 2003-06, including a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament (2004, 2005). He also helped the 49ers to a share of the 2004 Conference USA regular-season title as well as runner-up finishes in C-USA in 2004-05 and the Atlantic 10 in 2005-06.
During his tenure at Charlotte, Hill helped coach two All-Americans, one C-USA Player of the Year and seven all-conference players. Two 49ers earned All-America distinction as Eddie Basden and Curtis Withers were named to SI.com's third team and honorable mention lists in 2005. Withers was also named to Basketball Times' All-America third team in 2004. A two-time conference Defensive Player of the Year, Basden was selected as the 2005 Conference USA Player of the Year as well as the national Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
Prior to joining the college ranks, Hill served two years as the head coach of the AAU's DC Assault.
A three-year letterman at Charlotte from 1997-2000, Hill played on three postseason squads for the 49ers under head coaches Melvin Watkins and Bobby Lutz. As a true freshman in 1997-98, he averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 26 games with one start for the 49ers in helping the squad to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 20-11 record. As a sophomore, the 49ers captured the 1999 Conference USA Tournament title and once again advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round with a 23-11 record. During the 1999-2000 season, he averaged 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 23 games with 11 starts in helping Charlotte earn a Postseason NIT bid with a 17-16 record.
Hill transferred to Bowie State for his senior season where he averaged 10.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in helping the Bulldogs to a 19-9 record. He returned to Charlotte following the season to complete his bachelor's degree in sociology in 2001.
Hill and his wife, Tish, have three daughters: Danae, Dakotah and Daeja.
2011-pres. - Assistant Coach, University of Maryland