Quentin Hillsman

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Quentin Hillsman
Quentin Hillsman Syracuse coach.jpg
Hillsman at the Big East Tournament in 2012
Sport(s) Women's college basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Syracuse
Conference ACC
Record 241–127 (.655)
Biographical details
Born (1970-10-16) October 16, 1970 (age 47)
Suitland, Maryland
Alma mater St. Mary's College (Maryland)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995-1996 St. Mary's (assistant)
1999 Newport School
1999–2001 Siena (assistant)
2001–2002 American University (assistant)
2002–2003 Laurinburg Institute
2003–2004 The Patterson School
2004–2005 Alabama (assistant)
2005–2006 Syracuse (assistant)
2006–present Syracuse

Quentin Jerome Hillsman (born October 16, 1970) is the head women's college basketball coach for the Syracuse Orange. He has held that position since 2006 and is only the fourth coach in the 40-year history of the program.

Early life[edit]

Hillsman was born in Suitland, Maryland. He is the only child of a computer business consultant, Horace Jerome Hillsman, and music teacher, Joan Rucker Hillsman. After graduating from Forestville High School, Hillsman attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, before transferring to St. Mary's College of Maryland for his sophomore season. With the Seahawks, he ranked third in assists (330) and eighth in steals (130) and also set the school's single-game and season assist record. After St. Mary's, Hillsman attended United States Sports Academy from 1994 to 1996 studying sports management. A back injury ended his playing career and he turned to coaching.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Hillsman returned to St. Mary's to be an assistant coach for the men's basketball team. In 1998, he was an associate head coach for the Newport School boys' team before becoming head coach in 1999. He was an assistant coach for both Siena (1999-2001) and American University (2001-02), then head coach for Laurinburg Institute (2002-03) and The Patterson School (2003-04). He was an assistant coach at Alabama (2004–05) before arriving at Syracuse in 2005. There, he was also an assistant coach for a year when he was asked to be head coach by then Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross.[2]

As the Syracuse head coach, Hillsman has led the Orange to eight consecutive postseason appearances, including four straight NCAA berths, 17 postseason victories and eight straight winning seasons, while winning 65 percent of his games. Hillsman was voted the Big East Conference Coach of the Year in 2008. In the 2015–16 season, his team finished in third place but made it to the ACC Women's Tournament finals before losing. They received an at-large bid of the NCAA Women's Tournament, where they advanced to the program's first-ever championship game to play Connecticut, losing 82–51.[3][4]

Legal issues[edit]

On November 18, 2014, New York's state tax department issued a tax warrant against Hillsman and his wife, claiming they owed $10,865 in overdue personal income tax for 2012. A Syracuse University athletic department spokesman stated that "[t]here was a misunderstanding with a previous accountant... Coach Hillsman is taking the steps to rectify the problem." In 2011, the Hillsmans also owed $14,444 in back taxes, but that debt was later satisfied, according to the tax department.[5]

In 2011, former Syracuse player Lynnae Lampkins accused Hillsman of inappropriate behavior, and her father filed a Title IX sexual harassment complaint against the university. Lampkins originally reported the incident to the university in 2010, stating he inappropriately touched and texted her. However, an independent counsel investigated her accusations and found no evidence of harassment.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Hillsman resides in Jamesville, New York, with his wife, Shandrist (née Cargill), and their two sons.[3]

Syracuse head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Syracuse (Big East Conference) (2006–2013)
2006–07 Syracuse 9-20 3–13 t-13th
2007–08 Syracuse 22-9 10–6 t-5th NCAA Tournament, 1st Round
2008–09 Syracuse 17-15 5–11 t-11th WNIT, 2nd Round
2009–10 Syracuse 25-11 7–9 t-8th WNIT Quarterfinals
2010–11 Syracuse 25-10 9–7 t-7th WNIT Quarterfinals
2011–12 Syracuse 22-15 6–10 t-10th WNIT Semifinals
2012–13 Syracuse 24-8 11–5 t-3rd NCAA Tournament, 1st Round
Big East: 144–88 (.621) 51–61 (.455)
Syracuse (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Syracuse 23-10 10–6 5th NCAA Tournament, 2nd Round
2014–15 Syracuse 22–10 11–5 t-4th NCAA Tournament, 2nd Round
2015–16 Syracuse 30–8 13–3 3rd NCAA Tournament Runner-up
2016–17 Syracuse 22–11 11–5 6th NCAA Tournament, 2nd Round
ACC: 95–39 (.709) 45–29 (.608)
Total: 241–127 (.655)


  1. ^ Schonbrun, Zach (2006). "Right on 'Q': Quentin Hillsman fought his way to become a head coach at age 35". dailyorange.com. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ Hyber, Josh (January 2015). "Pass it on: Point guard years, early coaching stops shape Hillsman's style of coaching". dailyorange.com. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Quentin Hillsman". cuse.com. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ UConn Defeats Syracuse in the NCAA Title Game
  5. ^ Dowty, Douglass (December 1, 2014). "State: SU women's basketball coach Quentin Hillsman and his wife owe $10,865 in back income taxes". syracuse.com. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  6. ^ Brady, Erik (January 28, 2011). "Syracuse women's coach accused of harassment". usatoday.com. Retrieved October 31, 2015.