Coaching changes announced at ECCC

Several coaching changes were approved at East Central Community College in Decatur following the June 12 meeting of the College’s Board of Trustees, announced ECCC President Dr. Phil A. Sutphin.

Scott Hill, who has served as fast-pitch softball head coach and director of intramurals since 2003, has stepped down to become a full- time faculty member at the College. Kristin Chaney, Hill’s assistant the past four years and one of his former players, was selected as his successor.

The Lady Warrior basketball program is also undergoing a change in leadership. Bill Smith has retired to pursue other opportunities, which may possibly include coaching on a different level.

Hill, 43, is one of the most successful coaches at East Central. His overall record is 308-123-1 and includes the program’s first Region 23 Tournament title in 2010 and the first MACJC State Tournament championship in 2011.

The 2010 squad placed fourth in the NJCAA Division II National Women’s Softball Championship en route to a record 47 victories with just 11 losses and one tie. The same squad was recognized as the NJCAA Academic Softball Team of the Year by posting a 3.69 grade point average. Hill was named Region 23 Softball Coach of the Year following the successful campaign.

Hill’s 2011 team placed fifth in the national competition and finished 37-15. The talented squad also received NJCAA Softball Academic Team of the Year honors with another 3.69 grade point average. He received Region 23 Softball Coach of the Year honors in recognition of his team’s success.

Prior to capturing region and state titles, Hill’s teams reeled off three straight MACJC Central Division titles, when the league was divided into three areas of competition prior to the current setup of North and South divisions.

Hill has “mixed feelings” about stepping down, but said a desire to spend more time with his family was a main reason for the change.