Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's basketball coach Kristen Dowling filled her staff today with the announcement that she has hired Reggie Ellis and John Hill as assistant coaches.
Ellis spent last season as the assistant women's basketball coach at Saddleback College. Prior to that Ellis served as an Assistant Coach at El Camino College, Long Beach City College, and Ventura College. During his six seasons at Ventura he helped lead the Pirates to the 2002 State Championship, two state Final Fours, and six WSC North Division championships. Before joining the collegiate ranks, Ellis was a very successful longtime AAU and high school coach, including two league titles at Rolling Hills Prep. Ellis graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills with a B.S. and M.S. in Public Administration and is currently completing his M.A. in Sports Administration and Coaching from Concordia University.
Hill has been a part of the Athena program for the past ten years, serving as former coach Jodie Burton's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Hill's tenure included a SCIAC championship in 2004 and a winning record in nine out of ten seasons. Hill took a brief hiatus from coaching four years ago to volunteer with the Katrina rebuilding project in the New Orleans Gulf Coast region. Prior to joining CMS, Hill was a youth basketball coach in Claremont. Hill played basketball collegiately at Tarkio College and continued playing after college as a member of the LA County Sheriff's Department. Hill resides in Claremont with his wife Brenda Barham Hill.
"I am thrilled to add Coach Ellis and Coach Hill to our basketball family," Dowling said. "Reggie has been coaching for 30 years and has been a part of some of the best junior college basketball programs in the state. John knows the city of Claremont, CMS and the Athena basketball program better than anyone. We are fortunate to bring in two high character veteran coaches who will immediately make our program better. The future of Athena basketball is very bright."