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IU hires longtime NBA assistant Armond Hill to admin role

Hill heads to Bloomington after having recently worked with Mike Woodson with the Clippers

Coach Woodson Las Vegas Invitational - Coaches Forum
Basketball coach and former NBA player Armond Hill instructs students on offensive drills during the coaches forum, an official event during the Coach Woodson Las Vegas Invitational at Impact Basketball Las Vegas on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Another infusion of NBA wisdom is on the way to Cook Hall.

That’s because new Indiana men’s basketball coach Mike Woodson just hired longtime NBA assistant Armond Hill to an administrative role in the program. Hill, who worked with Woodson on the Los Angeles Clippers staff from 2014 to 2018, will take the role of director of basketball administration in Bloomington. For Hill, it will be his first college job since an eight-year run as head coach at Columbia ended in 2003.

After leaving the college game, Hill spent the next 17 seasons in the NBA as an assistant for the Clippers, Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics. With the Hawks, Hill worked under head coach Terry Stotts, a graduate of Bloomington North, and helped coach former Hoosier Alan Henderson. With the Celtics, Hill was part of Boston’s 2007-08 championship team.

In a release announcing Hill’s appointment, IU touted his past work with stars Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

“Armond will be a great asset for our staff and players,” Woodson said in a statement. “He’s an NBA Champion who has worked with great teams professionally and collegiately and helped some of the best players in the world as a coach at the highest level. As a player, he was the MVP of the Ivy League in college (at Princeton) and had a very solid NBA career doing whatever he was asked to do to make his team better. I expect his impact will be the same for our program as well.”

Indiana did not specify the exact day-to-day duties with which Hill will be tasked.

Up until this point, each of Woodson’s hires had been geared toward assistants and administrators with recent experience working within the college game. In Hill, IU now has another veteran of NBA life — outside of Woodson, himself — who can speak to what it takes to reach the highest level and bolster Indiana’s credentials as a program that can get high school recruits where they want to go.

With Hill’s hiring now official, here’s how IU’s coaching staff looks entering Woodson’s first season:

Mike Woodson, head coach

Kenya Hunter, assistant coach

Dane Fife, assistant coach

Yasir Rosemond, assistant coach

Armond Hill, director of basketball administration

Thad Matta, associate athletic director for men’s basketball administration

Brian Walsh, team and recruiting coordinator

Benny Sander, director of operations

Mike Stump, team and recruiting analyst

Clif Marshall, director of athletic performance

Tim Garl, head athletic trainer