Scott Hillman, Missouri Mavericks
Hillman, 37, enters his third season with the Mavericks. He led the Mavericks to the second round of the playoffs in each of the teams first two seasons respectively. Overall, Hillman has a 68-50-12 regular season record and 6-10 record in the playoffs. The Mavericks are coming off their best season in which the team was 37-23-6 for 80 points finishing just four points out of first place. Prior to joining the Mavericks, Hillman captured back-to-back regular season and playoff titles as the head coach with the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). During Hillmans two seasons with the Ice Bears, his team compiled a record of 67-32-13 (.660), and he was named the SPHL Coach of the Year in 2008-09.
Hillman had a stellar nine-season professional playing career, including his final eight seasons with the CHLs Odessa Jackalopes. The offensive defenseman was a four-time CHL All Star, and retired as the Jackalopes all-time leader in games played (446), and assists (260). He finished his career as the second leading scorer in club history with 326 points, and ranks among the top scoring defenseman in CHL history.
The 2001-02 CHL Man of the Year graduated from the University of Windsor with a bachelors degree in human kinetics in 1999. He later received a Master of Science in kinesiology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 2002, compiling a 4.0 grade point average.
Hillman completed his amateur career as the leading scoring defenseman in Windsor Lancer history. He led the Lancers to two consecutive trips to the National Championship Tournament. In 1998 he was honored with the Frank Demarco Award recognized as Windsors outstanding male academic student athlete.
The LaSalle, Ontario native is married to wife Dalyn and the couple has two sons; Corbin, 9 and Guhnar, 5.