Hill named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at D2 Wisconsin Parkside

The Parkside men’s basketball team and head coach Luke Reigel have announced the hiring of Chris Hill as the assistant men’s basketball coach. Hill, a Chicago, Ill., native, will join the Parkside staff immediately.
“Chris is a tremendous addition to our program and to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside,” Reigel said. “Every single person that spent time with Chris during his on-campus interview; the committee, our players, and our administration, came away extremely impressed and energized after meeting with him. I know our players are as excited as I am about Chris becoming a part of our coaching staff.”
Hill, a former student-athlete and assistant coach at Milwaukee, recently finished his second year as an assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men’s basketball team in 2020-21.
Hill was a member of the Milwaukee men’s basketball team from 2001-06, helping the Panthers make three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2005, and capture three Horizon League regular season and tournament championships. He played 116 games during his collegiate career, and Milwaukee won 108 games during his five-year stint with the program.
“His playing career speaks for itself,” Reigel added. “In high school he played at one of the elite programs in Chicago, Whitney Young.  At UW-Milwaukee, he was a part of the greatest teams in school history and is one of the school’s all-time assist leaders.  And then he went on to play in Europe, which a lot of players want to do but few are good enough to get there.  Our current and future players will be able to tap into all of that on-court experience and success.”
After playing professionally in Europe from 2006-10, Hill returned to the United States and was named graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee for the 2010-11 season. He returned to Milwaukee in 2011 as a men’s basketball academic advisor, a position he held for one year.
Hill served as video coordinator on the Panthers’ staff for two seasons before taking over as director of basketball operations for the 2014-15 campaign. He was promoted to assistant coach for the 2015-16 season, when he was heavily involved in recruiting, practice and game planning, player development, academic advising, public relations and other administrative duties.
Hill served as a student services advocate teacher in the Shorewood School District and as head varsity boys basketball coach at Shorewood High School from 2016-19 before being hired at UW-Whitewater.
Hill graduated from Milwaukee in 2006 with degrees in sociology and criminal justice.
“On the coaching side, he worked with a great staff at Milwaukee so that was a great way to be introduced to the coaching profession.  And then the past two years Chris has had the ability to get on the road and see a lot of players while working at the D3 level, which I believe is invaluable.  His contacts in both Wisconsin and the Chicago area will be huge assets in recruiting.  Chris will be able to walk into any gym in the Midwest and have instant credibility.  His ability to build relationships with coaches and players is off the charts.”
“Needless to say we are very excited about adding Chris, his wife Katianne, and his children Mia, Hayden, and Ryann to the Parkside family.”


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