Lynchburg native and former Penn State University assistant Hilliary Scott finished his eighth season as head coach of the Hornets in 2015-16 after being named the head coach for the 2008-09 season. He won his 100th game this winter.
The 2016-2017 season saw Lynchburg earn a first round bye in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament after going 16-10. For the second straight year, the ODAC Player of the year was a Lynchburg Hornet. Senior Zack Burnett earned the honor while also being named First-Team All-Conference, All-District and All-Region as well as Second Team All-American. Burnett also named to the NABC Division III All-Star Game, the second straight year for Lynchburg. Sophomore transfer Connor Schroeder earned Second Team All-Conference honors during his first year in a Hornet uniform.
The 2015-16 season was the best season in school history. LC ended the year with a 23-7 record, the most wins in program history, and a 12-4 conference record, also the best ever. LC captured its first Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) title and NCAA Division III Tournament berth since the 1978-79 season. Lynchburg won two conference tournament games by large margins and earned the title with a 62-60 victory in overtime over Randolph College. Coach Scott led the Hornets to an 82-55 win over Scranton in the NCAA Tournament and his team fell just short of a trip to the Sweet 16. Three Hornets, Alex Graves, Austen Arnold and Zack Burnett, broke the 1,000-point barrier during the season.
Lynchburg also broke records during the regular season, many during a 160-156 double overtime win over Roanoke College on February 17. Lynchburg broke the school and conference all-time mark for most points in a game, and the two teams' combined total of 316 surpassed the NCAA Division III top mark, set by Simpson (167) and Grinnell (148), in 1994.
The Hornets won 17 games in 2014-15, the fourth-straight campaign with over 15 wins. LC was 9-7 in league play and narrowly missed earning a berth to the conference tournament semifinals. Lynchburg had three players named to the All-ODAC team for the first time since the late 1970s.
The 2013-14 season saw the program do something it had never done before - it posted double-digit wins in ODAC play. The 10 victories gave the team the fourth-seed and a bye to the conference quarterfinals in Salem.
In 2012-13, the Hornets had their best season since 1977-78, tying the school record with 19 wins.
The Hornets began the climb up the ODAC in 2010-11, finishing with a record of 15-11 and a fifth-place finish in the conference.
In his second season at LC, Scott helped the Hornets finish 12-15 and earn a trip to the conference championship tournament in Salem.
In his tenure, Lynchburg has had 14 all-conference players, capped in 2015-16 as Alex Graves earned the ODAC Player of the Year Award and Zack Burnett also took home a spot on the first team. Graves, also the All-South Player of the Year, became the program’s first first-team NABC All-American.
Scott attended local E.C. Glass High School and played his collegiate basketball at nearby Roanoke College. As a Maroon, he was a two-time National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American in 1993 and 1994 and was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Player of the Year in his senior season. Scott graduated from Roanoke in May of 1994 with a degree in religion and philosophy, and was inducted into the RC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
In April of 2013, Scott was named to the All-Century Team at Roanoke College.
Scott was an assistant coach at Penn State University from 2003-08. In 2005, the Nittany Lions earned a berth to the NIT Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament the next three seasons. He helped recruit three-student athletes that earned all-conference honors a total of seven times, including the program’s all-time leading scorer.
He also worked for five seasons as an assistant coach at East Tennessee State University (1998-99 season through 2002-03). The Buccaneers won three-straight Southern Conference North Division Titles and earned an NCAA Tournament berth in 2002-03. Scott recruited three conference players of the year and the all-time leading scorer at ETSU.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Scott played professional basketball in Europe for two teams. As a member of the Killester Basketball Club (Dublin, Ireland), he played from 1994-96 before joining the Chester Jets (England) for the 1996-97 season.
Scott resides in Lynchburg with his wife, Lisa, and his son Isaiah and his daughter Haley.