Normal- The Alabama A&M athletics department hires Mitch Hill to take the reins of the Bulldog Baseball team.
Hill first joined the A&M baseball program as an assistant under former head coach Michael Tompkins. Hill immediately began making an impact on the program by hitting the recruiting trail and bringing young men onto the campus for visits, in turn having a great early signing class for the 2014 season. After Tompkins resigned in July 2013, Hill filled in temporarily until the position was filled.
"We are excited to announce Coach Mitch Hill as our new head baseball coach. He brings an exciting and energetic brand of baseball. His ability to recruit top-notch baseball student-athletes who excel in the classroom as well as on the diamond is exactly what we need. His hiring gives us the continuity to build on an up and coming baseball program," says Alabama A&M Director of Athletics Bryan Hicks on this new addition.
Mitch began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of North Alabama, where he lettered and pitched from 2002 to 2007 while earning his bachelor's degree in Physical Education with a minor in Business Administration. As a graduate assistant under Head Coach Mike Keehn, Hill was primarily charged with the recruiting of future Student-Athletes. During the three years in which he excelled in the recruiting field, he also performed duties within all aspects of the game.
After leaving UNA, and before joining the Bulldogs, he continued his coaching career as an assistant coach at two different junior colleges in the Southeast, Motlow State Community College and Bevill State Community College. Mitch spent one year at Bevill State Community College prior to the athletic program being cut from the college. During that year, he had the top three recruiting class in the state of Alabama.
After Bevill, he spent one year at Motlow State Community College in Lynchburg, Tennessee under Head Coach Dan McShea. Mitch helped guide the bucks to the best season they've had in seven years, with 34 wins and an appearance in the state tournament.
"First of all I'm excited, I've had a lot of family support and I want to thank my wife Erin Lynn Hill," smiled Coach Hill.
In his second year with the Bulldogs, and in the first head coaching position of his career, Coach Hill looks to continue making improvements and increase the impact he has had thus far on "The Hill".
"Being on "The Hill" for the past year, and bringing in a good recruiting class this year, we are taking baby steps. We made it to the conference tournament for the first time in five years last season, and with the recruiting class, I brought in this year we are looking to make huge steps" in the whole scheme of things," adds Hill.
"Everyone in this area and community has been good to me, I am truly excited, and I look to be here for a while. I would like to thank Bryan Hicks and the Department of Athletics for giving me this opportunity to be the head coach."