Stony Brook had the nation's best turnaround this season, winning 10 more games in 2012 than in 2011.
Stony Brook is bidding for its first-ever conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth.
Michelle Rubino leads Stony Brook with three goals, heading to their first-ever conference title game.
Stony Brook is seeking its first-ever America East Conference crown
The Seawolves are 13-4 heading into next week's America East Championship semifinals vs. UMBC.
Kim Hillier is in her first season as an assistant coach for the Stony Brook women's lacrosse team, having been named to Joe Spallina's staff in August 2011. Hillier spent the previous three seasons as an assistant at LIU and prior to that was an All-American midfielder at Hofstra.
"I have known Kim for a long time and bringing her aboard was an absolute no-brainer," Spallina said. "Kim is someone who is a true competitor and will never be out worked. She will demand and get 100 percent from our team every day."
Hillier enjoyed a standout career at Hofstra, finishing as the school's all-time leader in assists (82) and second in points scored (215). She was a four-time All-CAA and IWLCA All-Region performer and a two-time All-American, earning IWLCA second team honors in 2006 and third team honors in 2007.
Named to the CAA's Silver Anniversary team in women's lacrosse, Hillier was also the conference's Rookie of the Year in 2004. As a senior, she helped Hofstra win the 2007 CAA Championship after scoring a team-high 52 points. She went on to also compete for the U.S. Developmental team in 2007.
Hillier is a 2007 graduate of Hofstra, earning her bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is a native of Farmingdale, N.Y., and previously has served as the head coach of the Long Island Elite Yellow Jackets (2003-08) and as the director of the Long Island Hornets Lacrosse (2003-05). She was a two-time All-America selection at Farmingdale High School, where she helped the varsity girls team to Nassau County and Long Island championships and a spot in the New York state finals in 2002.