The University of Hawaii Athletics Department this morning announced the hiring of Rich Hill as the school’s new head baseball coach.
Hill spent the last 23 seasons as the head coach at the University of San Diego. He is the winningest coach in the history of the West Coast Conference and led the Toreros to eight NCAA Tournament appearances. His overall collegiate head coaching record is 1045–716–4.
Hill was a second baseman at San Diego State in 1981 and 1982, playing alongside future major leaguers Tony Gwynn and Bobby Meacham. He later transferred to Cal Lutheran and played two seasons for the Kingsmen before playing one year in the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization.
“I am beyond humbled and honored to serve the University of Hawai‘i as the next head baseball coach,” Hill said in a statement. “I have so much respect for the proud tradition of Rainbow Warrior Baseball and feel blessed to be part of this program. From what Coach Les [Murakami] started and Coach Trapasso built upon, to the great players past and present, it is truly a special culture.”
Below is an introductory interview with Coach Hill, courtesy of UH Athletics:
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