Hilburn and Beach Added to Men's Basketball Coaching StaffAugust 3, 2010
ANDERSON, S.C. – Anderson head men’s basketball Coach Jason Taylor has completed his staff with the addition of Ryan Hilburn and Zack Beach as the Trojans look to maintain the momentum generated from last season’s highly successful campaign.
Hilburn arrives for his first year with the Trojans with a wealth of experience, with previous assistant coaching stints at Lander, Armstrong Atlantic, Charleston Southern and South Carolina.
The native of Charleston, S.C. served as an assistant coach last season at Lander University after spending the 2008-09 campaign as a graduate assistant under head coach Jeff Burkhamer at Armstrong Atlantic State. Hilburn held the same position for two years at Charleston Southern (2006-08). He also served on the University of South Carolina staff as an undergraduate (2003-06) under Hall of Fame coach Dave Odom.
With the Pirates, Hilburn helped guide AASU to a 23-7 record and a top-25 NABC ranking. Armstrong Atlantic claimed its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in five seasons before dropping a narrow decision to Catawba in 2009.
Hilburn also served on the staff of coach Odom while an undergraduate at South Carolina. During his tenure at USC, the Gamecocks made appearances in the SEC Championship game, the NCAA Tournament, and won back-to-back NIT Tournament championships.
He has extensive experience with recruiting, travel, coordinating video and he has also served as strength and conditioning coach and worked with both perimeter and post players in their skill development.
Hilburn earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from the University of South Carolina in 2006 and graduated from Northwood Academy in 2000. While at Northwood Academy, he helped lead the Chargers to the SCISA AA State Basketball Championship in 2000.
He is married the former Katie Kranz of Spartanburg, S.C., and the couple resides in Anderson.
“Ryan will do a great job for us,” said Taylor. “He is a perfect for both our university and our program. He loves to recruit and he is good at it. Ryan has worked with very good basketball coaches every stop he has made and has a great knowledge of the game.”
Beach played for Coach Ed Conroy at The Citadel from 2008-2010, and was a member of The Citadel's record-breaking 20-win season in 2008-09, helping the Bulldogs to their first-ever postseason tournament appearance in the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). During the Greenville, S.C., native’s senior season he served as a player-coach.
He has been involved with coaching both as an instructor and drills coach at Potential Sports Academy where he worked under former USC guard Hagen Rouse and Ga. Tech and UNC Wilmington standout Halston Lane. Beach has staffed various team and college camps, including Presbyterian College and The Citadel.
The 5-foot-10 guard attended Wade Hampton High School, earning all-county accolades after averaging 18.7 points per game more than four 3-pointers a contest. He gained recognition during his prep career by leading the Generals past J.L. Mann in 2005, ending the Patriots’ undefeated season with a 25-point performance, and also knocking Travelers Rest High out of the playoff race that same season with an overtime buzzer-beater.
Beach earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2010 from The Citadel.
“Zack is a great addition to our program,” added Taylor. “He is a hard, selfless worker. He played for outstanding coaches at The Citadel, including AU former head coach Doug Novak.
I am looking forward to working with both these up and coming coaches.”