Joe Hillock Named Men's Basketball Director of Operations
July 6, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Joe Hillock, who spent 10 years as the head women's coach at Southern Utah, has been hired as the UCLA men's basketball director of operations, Bruin head coach Ben Howland announced today. Hillock replaces Chris Carlson, who was announced as the head coach at UC San Diego on June 11, 2007.
'I am very pleased that Joe Hillock has accepted the position of director of operations,' said Howland. 'Joe brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program and I'm very excited to have him join our staff.'
Hillock is Southern Utah's all-time winningest women's basketball coach with 128 victories. He was the Thunderbirds' head coach for 10 seasons (from 1996-97 to 2005-06).
'I couldn't be more excited,' Hillock said. 'To be working with the staff that Coach Howland has assembled and to be working for what I consider to be the best coach in college basketball is an amazing opportunity for me. I grew up in Santa Barbara, Calif., and to be a part of something with such a storied history and tradition is an honor and a privilege for me.'
Hillock earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education at Southern Utah in 1976 and served as an undergraduate assistant women's coach for the first varsity team at SUU during the 1975-76 season. He then went on to the first of two stints as the head boy's basketball coach at nearby Milford High School (Milford, Utah) from 1978-79. After guiding Milford HS to back-to-back region titles, he served for 12 years (1979-91) as an assistant to Dan Fitzgerald at Gonzaga.
The 55-year-old Santa Barbara, Calif., native completed his master's degree in administration at Gonzaga in 1982. After his stint with the Bulldogs, Hillock moved to Loyola Marymount where he assisted his brother, Jay, currently the Director of Pro Personnel for the NBA's Chicago Bulls, during the 1991-92 season. After completing the 1992-93 season at LMU, he returned to Milford High as the boy's basketball coach and athletic director from 1993-96 until taking the helm of the women's program at SUU in 1996.
Hillock and his wife, Denise - a former star softball pitcher at Southern Utah in the mid-70s - are the parents of three children: Joe, Jr. (24), Heather (20) and Jordan (17).