4-19-07 - Texas A&M-Kingsville Athletics Director Jill Willson announced that Scott Hyland has been hired as women’s basketball coach.
Hyland has been the head coach at Paris Junior College the past five seasons.
“We are excited that we are able to hire someone with Scott’s experience and ability to turn a program around,” says Willson. “He has been a successful head coach and has great experience and recruiting ties in the state of Texas. He takes great pride in his team being involved in the community, so we are getting both an excellent coach and someone who will be actively involved in the Kingsville community.”
Hyland was the winningest coach in the history of Paris Junior College women’s basketball, posting an 80-72 record in five years including a 38-23 record the past two seasons, the second best two-year run in the history of the program. The Lady Dragons also went 20-16 in conference play the last two-seasons, the best two-year run in school history.
The Lady Dragon program reached several first time milestones under Hyland’s leadership.
The 2005-06 squad was nationally ranked for two weeks, the first time the program had ever received a national ranking. The 2002-03 team reached the regional tournament semifinals for the first time in school history. Two of the three 20-win seasons in the history of the program came under Hyland – 21-10 in 2005-06 and 20-12 in 2002-03. His Lady Dragon teams also set or tied 19 team and 16 individual records.
“My family and I are very excited about the opportunity,” says Hyland. “It’s a great situation at Texas A&M-Kingsville. The resources are here and Kingsville is a very supportive community. They want a winner and they are hungry and that’s me. I want to win, I want a program we can be proud of both on and off the court and I see the ability to have those things at Kingsville.”
Hyland feels that the opportunity at Texas A&M-Kingsville is one that fits the goals for himself and his family.
“Getting a Division II head coaching job is something I’ve strived for,” says Hyland. “I’ve been a Division I assistant and I believe that being at a good Division II school is much better situation than a lot of Division I schools. I just didn’t want any Division II job. I wanted the right situation for our family. I really think we’ve found that in Kingsville.”
Many of Hyland’s student-athletes have gone on to success after playing Paris Junior College including several players who went on to play at NCAA Division I schools.
LaKeisha Jones is currently at Northwestern while former McAllen High School star Faryn Bills is at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Angel Brown of Boles High School in Quinlan played at Sam Houston State, Laura O'Bryan of Cedar Park played at St. Francis (Pa.), Ashleigh Williams played at North Carolina A&T and Charlette Castile of Duncanville went to Texas A&M.
Hyland believes that his extensive recruiting ties in the state will be crucial in his goal of returning Javelina women’s basketball program back to prominence.
“The more I thought about A&M-Kingsville, I saw the opportunity to take advantage of my strengths in recruiting,” says Hyland. “Being at Paris for five years, I have a lot of good ties with both the Texas junior colleges and Texas high schools. I’ve been recruiting Texas high school kids for seven years. We will have a three-pronged approach to recruiting. We will sign solid high schools kids, junior players that can make a quick impact in the Lone Star Conference and if we can get a good Division I transfer, I will look at that. To win the LSC requires that three-pronged approach.”
Before becoming head coach at Paris Junior College, Hyland had an extensive career as an assistant coach.
He was an assistant coach at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (2000-02) and at Odessa College (1999-2000). He was also an assistant coach at the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Neb., and served one year as head coach.
His first job in women’s basketball came at Omaha Central High School in 1996 when he served as assistant girl’s basketball coach.
Hyland was a men’s assistant coach at Dana College in Blair, Neb., and a men’s graduate assistant at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
His first coaching position came as an assistant men’s coach at his alma mater, the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.
Hyland played basketball for the University of Mary where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1993. He received his master’s degree from Nebraska-Omaha University in 1995.