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Elizabeth City State Announces Men’s & Women’s Head Basketball Coaches

Elizabeth City State Head BB Coaches

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

John Hill
Coach John Hill

Former women’s interim head coach, John Hill has moved to the men’s bench as head coach while former Shaw University assistant coach 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.

Antonio Davis
Coach Antonio Davis

Coach Antonio 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.

Both coaches will assume their positions immediately.


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Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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