Jamie Hill vowed to leave Piedmont only if the right job was available. On Friday, Hill found that spot.
She accepted the position as Tulsa Union’s girls head basketball coach after four seasons in Piedmont, two as head coach.
“I’m excited for this opportunity and I’m really grateful for the Piedmont administration for giving me a chance when not a lot of people would have,” she said when reached by phone on Friday. “This is going to be a challenge, but it’s going to continue to help me grow as a coach.”
Hill, a University of Tulsa graduate, cited Union’s sparkling facilities, the athletic department’s tradition of success and her love for the Tulsa area as the motivations behind the move.
“Union is one of those places that kind of speaks for itself,” she said. “Most colleges around the state don’t have the kind of facilities that Union does.”
Hill replaces outgoing coach Jim Stacy, who retired after 14 seasons. He led the Redskins to seven appearances in the state tournament and a combined record of 253-132 during his tenure, including a state title in 2007-2008 season. Union went 10-14 overall last season, including a loss to Piedmont at the Edmond Open. The Redskins return four of five starters next season.
In two seasons as head coach at Piedmont, Hill built her resume quickly by going 40-11 with two state tournament appearances, including a state semifinals appearance last season.
“Coach Hill is a very passionate coach who has a plan and a purpose in everything she does. She is smart, driven and understands the vision of our athletic department and Union Public Schools,” Union Athletic Director Emily Barkley told the Tulsa World.
Hill said she began the interview process last week and accepted the job earlier this week. She met with her players in Piedmont this morning to inform them of her decision to leave.
“I wanted the girls to hear it from me and from somewhere else,” she said. “It was tough because I have good relationships with them. I made it clear that they had nothing to do with my decision to leave.”