Honored, Humbled, and Blessed

The Minority Coaches Association (MCA) has recognized me for Coach of the Year.  Minority Coaches Association (MCA) is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to foster the growth and development of ethnic minorities at all levels of sports both nationally and internationally. The organization is focused on improving the employment opportunities and professional development of ethnic male and female minority coaches in A.A.U, high school, collegiate, and professional sports. Today, they have announced me as one of their DII Basketball Coaches of the Year (19-20).

When honored with such a humbling award, I must acknowledge winning is never a one-person achievement. I have a great support system, and I don't want them to be unnoticed. My support system includes, but is not limited to my wife and kids, as well as the great staff at Winston-Salem State. The administration's support is unmatched in my coaching career. Our student body, faculty, alumni, and community all play a part in such an honor. I also have the greatest chancellor in the world in Chancellor Robinson, along with our new Athletic Director, A.D Thomas. All these factors go into such an award. 

It's truly a blessing to have success in the seat where my mentor sat. But, it is even more of a blessing to have success on the campus my mother and late father met each other. I hope they are proud of our work. The support of my wife, 3 kids, my brother, and most definitely my mom...Eliza Ann Hill. Thank you all for the vote of confidence and support, especially the last five years. - Coach Cleo Hill
 

MCA ANNOUNCES DIVISION II BASKETBALL COACHES OF THE YEAR (2019-20)


The son of one of the most legendary players in school history, Hill, Jr. has wasted no time in creating a strong place of his own in the history of Rams basketball. In just two seasons with the Rams, Hill, Jr. led the team to its first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship in eight years and a 31-25 overall record. In addition to the team’s tournament championship, the Rams also claimed a share of the 2019-20 CIAA Southern Division Championship. Along the way, he was named the 2019-20 CIAA Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year and helped the team to rank seventh in the nation in scoring defense and first in the CIAA. He also led a pair of Rams to earn All-CIAA honors during his time. The Rams also made their first trip to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament since 2013. Before taking the reins of the WSSU program...

View the original article at https://minorityca.com/coaches-of-the-year

A Full Week Of Team Meetings Concluded

Our team met with two influential people within Winston-Salem State University and Winston-Salem, NC. Deona Cureton-Summers leads the Winston-Salem State University's Office of Community Standards & Civility. As explained in our school's website, the office's mission is to educate students on the policies about conduct and their student rights. By educating students on the integrity and ethical standards of their community, it creates an environment for students to consider, in advance, the consequences of behavioral infractions, to accept responsibility for one's actions in and out of the university, create social justice advocates, and creates an environment for students to understand that they are more than just a student at WSSU, but a representation our community. 

We also met with Winston-Salem State Unversity's Chief of Police, Amir Henry. This informative meeting included scenarios on and off-campus. What is the protocol if pulled over by city police? Are there different expectations if pulled over as a young black man? I'm not sure if there was anyone in the room that did not ask multiple questions, including the coaching staff. 

Chief Henry oversees all law enforcement services, including 18 full-time, sworn police officers who provide services to the campus and university-owned properties 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Chief Amir Henry, a native of Bronx, N.Y., has more than 14 years of experience as a law enforcement officer and public servant in the state of North Carolina. He has served in various roles as a law enforcement officer throughout his professional career and has extensive knowledge in command level supervision, risk management, incident command center implementation, security threat groups training, and intelligence documentation.

We want to thank both professionals for sharing their knowledge, honesty, and passion during the meetings. We are blessed to have them as Ramily. - Cleo Hill Jr

Our Team's First Academic Meeting

 

Our Men's Basketball Team met with the Assistant Dean, Dr. Georgette Crawford-Crooks, and Executive Retention Advisor, Mrs. Vicki Grant. The meeting went very well. Both are the best at what they do. I'm more of a bystander during the academic meetings, focused on listening, instead of leading the group. I'm proud of the poignant questions posed by our players and how much they were engaged.

During this meeting, we established goals and set rules. Subtle changes to our academic structure will include more involvement by our coaching assistance. My coaches give so much of their time and effort to assure a top-notch program. I am blessed to have these men with me. 

Awards on the court and off the court are our focus. If it's the CIAA Championship, the NCAA Championship, WSSU Athletic Department's Academic Award, or the CIAA Academic Award, it always has a home in our Men's Basketball offices. We are up for the challenge.

Our student-athletes have all the advantages. We have the best retention program in America, the most passionate academic/athletic leaders, devoted landmarks like the Student Success Center at Hill Hall, three floors dedicated to technology, and over fifty tutors available online or in-person. 

For more information and photos of Hill Hall, please visit: 

https://www.clarknexsen.com/project/hill-hall-student-success-center/

So, when you see our student-athletes walk across the stage during graduation, please remember everyone who had a hand in their academic success.  

 

Tomorrow, our team meets with Chief Henry with Winston Salem state university campus police.

 


 

Our Team's First Rules and Regulations Meeting

The coaching staff addressed the 2020-21 Winston-Salem State Rams Men's Basketball Team for the first time this year. With our six newcomers and eight returning players, I feel that the meeting was solid. It was not the celebratory meet you may envision. Instead, we set and reset expectations, rules, and regulations. We also discussed items that needed immediate attention, like compliance, paperwork, and tuition. My assistant coaches were helpful during the meeting. 

My gut feeling is this is a good group that understands handling business off of the court. Time will tell.

 

For more information regarding NCAA compliance, please visit, https://www.wssurams.com/information/compliance/index

Champions on the Court, Champions in the Classrooms

 

Next week marks our Men's Basketball team's first official meeting. It will be the first time the coaches, returning players, and recruits will be in the same room since we won the CIAA tournament championship. You have no idea how much I miss these players. 

We were not able to have our 2020 end of the year sports banquet, but last week, the Men's Basketball team did receive more hardware in the form of the Chancellor's Academic Cup Award. Justin Ross (3.94 GPA) is the two-time defending champion for this prestigious award. I would also like to announce that the Men's Basketball team will actively pursue the WSSU Athletic Academic Award, and the CIAA's Team Academic Award. - Cleo Hill Jr

Welcome Back...

Hello Ramily and other important people who visit the website. Thank you for the emailed comments and questions. It's been a while since I have given thoughts. I will be updating everyone about the team and the Men's Basketball program, now that we are back in school and feel confident about having a season/defending our CROWN. That said, there is SO MUCH going on in the world right now. We are battling COVID 19, election day is approaching, and the fight against social injustice is going on all over the country. The postponement of the NBA season was a tremendous act. I am very proud of the players and coaches for their actions. I stand behind what the NBA offices, the National Basketball Players Association, Chris Paul, the WNBA, Major League Baseball, Professional Tennis, and the rest of the sports world in condemning the racial injustice, bigotry and the unwarranted use of violence by police against people of color. We must ALL come together, work together, to be better, and to do better. - Cleo Hill Jr

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