Tigers Hire Chris Hill To Lead Men's Golf Program

Chris Hill (photo courtesy of University of Houston)
Chris Hill (photo courtesy of University of Houston)

Stockton, Calif. -- University of the Pacific Vice President for External Affairs and Athletics Dr. Ted Leland has announced the hiring of Chris Hill as head men's golf coach. Hill will take over the program officially on July 1.

"We are excited to have someone of Chris' caliber come in to lead our golf program," said Leland. "He brings top level experience at the NCAA Championships and understands what it takes to compete with the best. He is also prepared to bring in the type of golfer that will succeed on the course and in the classroom."

"It is a huge honor to be selected by Dr. Leland, Jim Dugoni and the selection committee to lead the Pacific men's golf program," said Hill. "This is an incredible opportunity to work with the highest quality student-athletes. My family and I are excited to join the Pacific family and the Stockton community."

Chris Hill will come to Pacific almost directly from the NCAA Championships, where he recently helped lead the University of Houston to a 10th place national finish at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas. He just completed his fourth season with the Cougars and second season as the associate head coach of the men's team. Hill was honored in April as the recipient of the 2014 Jan Strickland Award, presented to the nation's top assistant coach by TaylorMade-Adidas Golf as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). It marked the second straight season that Hill was recognized as one of the nation's top assistant coaches. He was also honored as one of eight semifinalists in 2013.

As Houston's associate head coach, he assisted director of golf Jonathan Dismuke in all aspects of the team, including practice scheduling, recruiting, scheduling and student-athlete development. He is a member of the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) and GCAA. In addition to the outstanding performance at the NCAA Championships in 2013-14, Chris helped the Cougars to a third place finish at the American Athletic Conference Championships, and four regular season tournament victories. Houston was ranked in the preseason top 25, and climbed into the top 10 in the spring in the Golfweek/Sagarin, Golfstat and Golf World/Nike Coaches polls all season.

Houston also enjoyed tremendous success during the 2012-13 season. As a team, the Cougars finished among the top-five leaders in each of their first eight tournaments with wins at the Lone Star Invitational and the Border Olympics. In late April, Hill helped lead the Cougars to the Conference USA Championship team and individual titles for the first time since 2001. With that, the program also returned to NCAA Regional play for the second consecutive season.

Sophomore Roman Robledo drained a 30-foot birdie on the final hole of the final round to clinch the team championship for the Cougars and the individual title for himself. Robledo and junior Curtis Reed were named to the All-Conference USA First Team, while junior Wesley McClain earned a place on the Second Team. During the 2011-12 season, Hill helped lead the Cougars back to the NCAA postseason as a team and guided the squad to 11 top-10 team finishes, including a share of the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic championship. In the spring season alone, the Cougars earned top-three finishes at the Rice Intercollegiate and the Border Olympics.

Joining the Cougars in August 2010, Hill helped lead the Cougars to one of their most successful seasons in recent history. Playing with a lineup that featured four true freshmen and a sophomore in his first semester at Houston, the Cougars recorded five top-five and seven top-10 team finishes throughout the season. Hill joined the Cougar program after a two-year stint as the men's and women's assistant coach at Houston Baptist. In 2009-10, the HBU women's team won the Great West Conference championship by 21 strokes. In his first season, he helped lead the men's team to a pair of tournament wins, including the inaugural 2009 Great West Conference championship. His work also led to five All-Conference performers during the program's first year of existence. In 2008-09, the women's team also finished as the runner-up at the GWC Championship, and Hill worked closely with two student-athletes who were named to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team.

Prior to joining Houston Baptist, Hill worked as a certified instructor and director of college placement at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C., in 2007-08. There he worked under the guidance of legendary instructor Hank Haney and mentored many of the nation's top junior golfers.

Hill also appeared as a regular on the Golf Channel reality series School of Golf, which detailed the lives of junior golfers in their efforts to turn professional or play collegiate golf. Following his collegiate playing days, he entered the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at Wayne State, his alma mater, in 2006-07. During that time, he also worked as the lead instructor and assistant pro at Western Golf and Country Club in Redford, Mich. Hill was a four-year letterman at Wayne State from 2002-06. There, he helped lead the Warriors to the 2004 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and the 2005 Great Lakes Regional No. 3 crown. Hill was a member of the Wayne State Student-Athlete Committee from 2002 to 2006 and served as captain of the golf team during the 2005-06 season. Hill received his bachelor's degree in marketing from Wayne State in 2007.

He and his wife Alyssa have a son, Graham Norman.

Chris Hill's Coaching Background
Year        School, Position
2012-14  Houston, men's associate head coach
2010-12  Houston, men's assistant coach
2008-10  Houston Baptist, assistant coach
2007-08  Haney International Junior Golf Academy, instructor/director of college placement
2006-07  Wayne State, graduate assistant coach
2006-07  Western Golf & Country Club (Redford, Mich.), lead instructor/assistant pro