New beginnings are in the immediate future for one Fort Detrick employee. Emonte Hill, who has worked in the Child Development Center at Fort Detrick for the past three years, was recently selected as the men’s basketball head coach for Frederick Community College.
For the last decade, Hill stood side-by-side to Hood College coach Tom Dickman, as his assistant. During his time at Hood, he sat back, watched, listened and learned. When the opportunity arose for a head coaching position at FCC, Dickman told him, it’s time, he’s ready.
This is an exciting time for Hill, who graduated from Frederick High School and played at FCC under former coach Dave Miller, before transferring to the University of South Carolina Spartanburg, now named USC Upstate.
“Everything is coming full circle,” Hill said.
When asked if he keeps in touch with Coach Miller, Hill said, “Yes, in fact Miller told me, it’s my time. He was just happy it was someone within the FCC family.”
As with any coach, the main goal is to win a championship. But it goes deeper for Hill. He wants to take what he has learned as an assistant coach and combine this with his skills and experience to provide his players with the tools necessary to move up, get scholarships at four-year schools, and succeed in life.
“One can’t get to the next level if they are not academically ready,” said Hill. “That will be my priority. Without the academics, you can’t play.”
Hill was nervous about accepting the position since the school year will begin soon, and recruiting was pretty much done, but it was an opportunity he could not decline.
As the practice season begins in October, it’s then that he will get his first real taste of his players, their abilities, and their level of commitment.
Hill said that now it’s his time to put his name on a program.