Keeping NIU Hall of Famer E.C. Hill on her staff was one of the easiest decisions head coach Kathi Bennett made in her transition to NIU.
"Having E.C. stay is a blessing," Bennett said. "I spent a day with her in Chicago, and the relationships that she has built up in the city and in this surrounding area are pretty special."
Since returning to DeKalb, Hill has done an outstanding job working with the Huskie guards. In her first two years, she coached Huskie standout Stephanie Raymond. Raymond, a first team All-MAC selection in 2006-07, became the first Huskie to be drafted by the WNBA.
After Raymond was selected 20th overall by the Chicago Sky, Hill trained with her up until the day she left for training camp. She and Raymond are the only two NIU women's basketball players to play in the league.
Hill has done an excellent job working with Marke Freeman and Kylie York. Freeman was named MAC Sixth Player of the Year after leading the Huskies in assists and scoring over nine points a game. York finished her career as the leading three-point shooter in NIU history.
Hill is an NIU Athletics and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Famer and her name can be found throughout the Northern Illinois women's basketball record book. She helped lead the Huskies to three straight NCAA Tournament berths under NIU Hall of Fame coach Jane Albright.
Hill played professional basketball for the New England Blizzard (1996-99) and Chicago Condors (1998-99) in the American Basketball League; and the Charlotte Sting (2000), Phoenix Mercury (2001), Los Angeles Sparks (2001), and Orlando Miracle (2002) in the WNBA; as well as in Athens, Greece.
Before embarking on her pro career, Hill was a standout at Northern Illinois.
She was named a first-team United States Basketball Writers Association All-American, Kodak District Four All-America, preseason Street and Smith's and Basketball Times All-American, Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year, first-team All-Mid-Con, and All-Mid-Con Tournament on a 25-6 NCAA Tourney squad that won the 1993-94 Mid-Con regular-season title with an 18-0 record, led the league and ranked 16th nationally in scoring (22.0 ppg.).
A two-time Northern Illinois MVP (1992-93, 1993-94), Hill was named the North Star Conference Newcomer of the Year with a 14.2 points per game average in 1991-92.
She graduated from Northern Illinois in 1995 with a degree in communications.