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After experiencing a period with four head coaches in the past year, Elizabeth City StateUniversity has finalized its basketball head coaches for the upcoming season.

ecsu john hillHill
ecsu antonio davisDavis

Former women's interim head coach, John Hill has moved to the men's bench as head coach while former Shaw assistant Antonio Davis takes over as head women's coach

Boasting over eleven years of Division II head-coaching experience and another 13 seasons as an assistant, Hill has an established ability to build programs into conference and national contenders.

As interim coach, Hill had led the Lady Vikings to a 5-18 overall record and a 3-13 record in conference play.

Before joining ECSU, Hill led the Lincoln Lions men’s basketball team to a 53-30 overall record; which ranked third in the CIAA Northern Division over three seasons. The 2014-15 Lions finished 16-11 and led the CIAA in free-throws made per game (19.7), free-throws attempted per game (29.3), while ranking second in blocks per game (4.6).

In 2012-13, Hill spearheaded his Lions to their best start in school history with an 11-3 overall record and an undefeated 8-0 record in Manuel Rivero Hall. For his efforts, he was named CIAA Coach of the Week in January of 2014. A senior driven squad capped their 2013-14 season by winning the 2014 ECAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Championships in Fairfield, CT.

Coach Davis has 24 years of college experience; 14 as head coach.

Known as a disciplinarian, master tactician and motivator who believes in a family atmosphere, Davis has developed programs of well-rounded student athletes and champions. Not only were his teams successful on the court, they are known for their academic prowess, community service and overall good will in their respective areas.

Last season as an assistant coach, Davis helped lead the Shaw Lady Bears to an 11-18 overall record and an 8-8 record in conference play; while finishing fourth in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Southern Division.

Davis has been a Division I interim head coach, associate head coach and assistant coach, with successful stints at North Carolina Central University, as well as South Carolina State University.

Davis developed his reputation as a master program builder as head coach at Morristown College (1987-88) Livingstone College (1988-91) and Kentucky State University (1993-98) and Saint Augustine’s University (2001-07). At Morristown College he took over a last place team and took them to a second place finish in his only season. At Kentucky State, Davis took over a program that was at the bottom of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and revived it to one of the best teams in the country. Under Davis, Kentucky State earned consecutive 20-win seasons, made its first NCAA Tournament appearance, won a season-record 26 games, won three straight division titles, won a tournament championship and was nationally ranked. Davis was also the first coach in SIAC history to win both basketball and volleyball conference championships. His teams consistently had the highest GPA’s in the league.

2016-17 HBCU Basketball Coaching Changes

School Former Coach New Coach
Alabama A&M men Willie Hayes Donnie Marsh
Bethune-Cookman men Gravelle Craig Ryan Ridder
Claflin women Deont'a McChester TBA
Coppin State men Michael Grant Juan Dixon
Clark Atlanta women Vanessa Moore Yolanda Moore
Elizabeth City State women Laquanda Dawkins/
John Hill (interim)
Antonio Davis
Elizabeth City State men Alico Dunk/Lou Grimsley (interim) John Hill
Florida A&M men Byron Samuels Robert McCullum
Grambling State men Shawn Walker Donte' Jackson
Mississippi Valley women Jessica Kern Ashley Walker
NC Central women Vanessa Taylor Trisha Stafford-Odom
Southern-Baton Rouge men Roman Banks Morris Scott (interim)
Talladega men Matt Cross Frederick Summers
Tennessee State women Larry Joe Inman Jessica Kern


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