UNH MEN'S BASKETBALL STAFF COMPLETE WITH HIRING OF TWO ASSISTANT COACHES

DURHAM, N.H.-- University of New Hampshire men's basketball coach Phil Rowe has filled the remaining vacancies in his staff with the recent hiring of assistant coaches Darryl Hilliard and Michael Romps.

Hilliard has gained valuable experience at several high schools and colleges. Most recently he served as head boy's basketball coach at William Barton Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park, Mass. From 1996-98, Hilliard was the head women's basketball coach at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He gained valuable men's basketball coaching experience at three AMERICA EAST conference schools. He started at Boston University from 1990-91. After a year at Saint Michael's College, he worked at the University of Delaware in 1992-93. He returned to Boston University in 1993-94 and then went cross-town to Northeastern University from 1994-96. He began his college coaching career as an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Massachusetts in Boston in 1989-90.

Hilliard is a 1988 graduate of the University of Maine in Farmington and earned his bachelor of arts degree in Business. He has also been a teacher at various institutions since 1989, most recently at William Barton Rogers, where he taught science, health and physical education.

Romps will serve as an administrative assistant coach for the Wildcats, handling strength and conditioning, community relations, coordination of recruiting, scouting and academic advising. He comes to Durham from Central Missouri State University where he served as an assistant men's basketball coach from 1998-1999. During that time, he also worked as the facility coordinator for the athletic department. Romps returns to New Hampshire after working under Phil Rowe at Keene State College during the 1997-98 season. He was also the associate head coach at Daniel Webster College during the 1996-97 campaign.

Romps is a 1994 graduate of Plymouth State College with a bachelor of arts degree in history. He then went on to earn a master of science degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in 1998. He is presently a degree candidate for his master of education in elementary education from UNH.

Romps was captain of the Plymouth State College basketball team in 1992-93 and he was the captain of the boy's basketball team at Manchester Central High School in 1988-89.

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