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UCLA Hires New Director of Basketball Operations


Joe Hillock, the women’s coach at Southern Utah for 10 years, has been hired as director of operations for the UCLA men’s basketball program.

“Joe brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program, and I’m very excited to have him join our staff,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said in a statement issued Friday.

The 55-year-old Hillock replaces Chris Carlson, who was hired as men’s coach at UC San Diego last month. Hillock is Southern Utahs all-time winningest womens coach with 128 victories. He coached the Thunderbirds from 1996-2006.

“I couldnt be more excited,” he said. “To be working with the staff that coach Howland has assembled and to be working for what I consider to be the best coach in college basketball is an amazing opportunity for me.”

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