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Fred Hill Announces Retirement
Veteran mentor steps down after 37 years and 1,089 career victories
  • Posted on February 20, 2014 8:40:33 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 20, 2014) – After 37 years and 1,089 victories at the collegiate level, Rutgers baseball head coach Fred Hill has announced his retirement from coaching. The veteran mentor owns a career record of 1,089-749-9 (.592) overall and 941-658-7 (.588) in 30 seasons at Rutgers. He earned 11 NCAA Regional appearances, 12 regular season conference championships and eight conference tournament titles during his tenure with the Scarlet Knights.

    “It has been a heck of a run,” Hill said. “I enjoyed every second during my time at Rutgers. Thirty years is a long time, but it came and went very quickly. I want to say thank you to everyone involved.”

    “Coach Hill gave his passion and purpose to Rutgers baseball for 30 years,” Director of Athletics Julie Hermann said. “His contribution to our department is immeasurable both as a coach and a great ambassador of our University. His leadership and inspiration will be missed.”

    Ranked 32nd in college baseball history in wins, Hill earned his 1,000th career victory April 17, 2010 against USF in front of a record crowd of 1,124 fans at Bainton Field. His final win also came against USF, a thrilling 2-1 victory on May 25, 2013 in an elimination game that sent the Scarlet Knights to the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals.

    During his career, Hill sent 72 players to professional baseball and developed 20 All-Americans. Currently, Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds and David DeJesus of the Tampa Bay Rays represent Rutgers in Major League Baseball.

    After a successful career as a high school coach in New Jersey, Hill made the jump up to the collegiate level in 1977 at Montclair State. He led the Red Hawks to a 148-91-2 mark in seven seasons, including two NJAC championships, three NCAA Tournament appearances and the Division III World Series in 1983. Hill was also the football coach and went 55-13-4 in the seven years with five NJAC titles. A true representation of his successful contribution to the Montclair State program, the school’s athletic department retired his No. 24 jersey in February of 2010 – only the third number retired in school history.

    Hill next decided to make the move to Piscataway in 1984 to become the 11th head coach in Rutgers baseball history. Rebuilding the team into a northeast baseball power, he won eight straight Atlantic 10 regular season titles starting in 1986 to advance RU to the NCAA Tournament five times in that stretch.

    Hill continued that success after the program moved to the BIG EAST and became the second-winningest coach in conference history, with 267 victories in the league over 19 seasons. His first championship in the BIG EAST came in 1998 as he earned Coach of the Year honors and won both the regular season and tournament title. That started a stretch of five NCAA berths in six years that included hosting an NCAA Regional in 2000, a rarity for a northeast school.

    The 2007 team was among the best for Hill, as it tied the school record with 42 wins and won both the BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles. Named ABCA East Region Coach of the Year, the Scarlet Knights earned the No. 2 seed in the Charlottesville Regional. A school-record six players off that team were selected in the ensuing MLB Draft.

    In his final season, Hill guided the Scarlet Knights to the semifinals of the 2013 BIG EAST Championships with two wins facing elimination. The team defeated College World Series participant Louisville in three-of-four meetings, including a 9-1 victory in the postseason. In addition, three players earned BIG EAST honors, with three others signing professional contracts following the season. The program fundraised over $13,500 towards the Vs. Cancer Foundation off the field.

    Hill lives in Verona, N.J., with his wife of more than 55 years, Evelyn. They are the proud parents of six children: Nancy, Fred, Linda, Jim, Tracey and Karen. They also have nine grandchildren: Jessica, Danielle, Brian, James, Natalie, Nicholas, Alexandra, Giselle and Giancarlo.

    Hill Year-by-Year
    At Montclair State University
    1977
    17-12
    .587
     
     
    1978
    21-12
    .636
    NJAC Champion
    NCAA
    1979
    17-15
    .531
     
     
    1980
    19-14
    .576
    NJAC Champion
     
    1981
    18-10
    .643
     
     
    1982
    25-14-1
    .638
     
    NCAA
    1983
    31-14-1
    .685
     
    NCAA World Series
    TOTAL
    148-91-2
    .618
     
     
    At Rutgers University
    1984
    13-21
    .382
     
     
    1985
    25-15
    .625
     
     
    1986
    28-18
    .609
    A-10 RS/Tournament Champion
    NCAA
    1987
    36-14-1
    .716
    A-10 RS Champion
     
    1988
    38-21-1
    .642
    A-10 RS/Tournament Champion
    NCAA
    1989
    34-19
    .642
    A-10 RS Champion
     
    1990
    37-19
    .660
    A-10 RS/Tournament Champion
    NCAA
    1991
    33-24-2
    .576
    A-10 RS/Tournament Champion
    NCAA
    1992
    32-17
    .653
    A-10 RS Champion
     
    1993
    38-17
    .691
    A-10 RS/Tournament Champion
    NCAA
    1994
    28-19
    .596
     
     
    1995
    28-29
    .491
     
     
    1996
    32-21-1
    .602
     
     
    1997
    28-24
    .538
     
     
    1998
    33-16
    .673
    BIG EAST RS/Tournament Champion
    NCAA
    1999
    37-21
    .657
     
    NCAA
    2000
    40-18
    .690
    BIG EAST RS/Tournament Champion
    NCAA
    2001
    42-17
    .712
     
    NCAA
    2002
    35-22
    .614
     
     
    2003
    37-22
    .627
    BIG EAST Tournament Champion
    NCAA
    2004
    30-23
    .567
     
     
    2005
    32-21
    .604
     
     
    2006
    29-28-1
    .509
     
     
    2007
    42-21
    .667
    BIG EAST RS/Tournament Champion
    NCAA
    2008
    23-29-1
    .443
     
     
    2009
    22-31
    .415
     
     
    2010
    30-26
    .536
     
     
    2011
    20-30
    .400
     
     
    2012
    31-25
    .554
     
     
    2013
    28-30
    .483
     
     
    TOTAL
    941-658-7
    .588
     
     
    CAREER
    1,089-749-9
    .592
     
     
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