UMBC welcomes Candice Hill as new women’s basketball coach

Published: Apr 15, 2024

A female basketball coach for St. John's, Candice Hill, stands running towards a basketball court in uniform
Hill coaching Red Storm from the sidelines. (Photo courtesy of St. John's)

UMBC is excited to announce Candice Hill as the new head coach for UMBC women’s basketball team. Hill is the 11th coach in the history of the program. 

Hill returns to her home city of Baltimore after spending the last three seasons as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at perennial Big East contender St. John’s University in New York. 

“We are delighted to bring Candice to UMBC to lead our women’s basketball program,” said UMBC President Valerie Sheares Ashby. “Her approach to leadership, her coaching philosophy, and her values will help ensure the success of and support for our student-athletes, both on and off the court.”

Hill joined St. John’s as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in April of 2021. She was elevated to associate head coach following the 2021-22 campaign and previously served in various roles at her alma mater, Loyola University Maryland, the University of Massachusetts (UMass), and Wilmington University in Delaware. 

A female basketball coach stands in a navy skirt and red top smiling for a photo while she throws a basketball that's captured in mid air.
Photo courtesy of St. John’s.

“I want to thank President Sheares Ashby and the entire athletics administration for believing in me and granting me the opportunity to be the leader of the UMBC women’s basketball program,” says Hill. “As a Baltimore native, UMBC has been a part of my journey and has always held a special place in my heart. The moment I stepped foot on campus I knew this is where I needed and wanted to be.”

Following the 2019-2020 season at UMass, Hill earned the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s prestigious Thirty Under 30 Award, an honor that recognizes up-and-coming coaches at all levels of women’s basketball.

“Candice is a fantastic addition to the Retriever family,” said Whitney Ames, associate athletics director and senior woman administrator. “Throughout the hiring process, Candice clearly communicated her passion for creating a student-athlete experience that encompasses athletic and academic success at the highest level. We’re excited to welcome her to campus and participate in her continued development of our women’s basketball program.”

Story by UMBC Athletics.


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