Brad Hill (baseball coach)

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Brad Hill
Sport(s) Baseball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Kansas State
Biographical details
Born (1962-05-02) May 2, 1962 (age 51)
Galva, Kansas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1990
1991–1994
1995–2003
2004–present
Hutchinson CC
Kansas (Asst.)
Central Missouri State
Kansas State
Head coaching record
Overall 711-315-3 (.692)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NCAA Division II National Champion (2003)
Big 12 Regular Season Champion (2013)
9x MIAA Regular Season Champion (1995–2003)
8x MIAA Tournament Champion (1995–98; 2000–03)
Awards
Division II National Coach of the Year (2003)
2x Big 12 COY (2009, 2013)
7x MIAA COY (1996, 1998–2000, 2002–03)

Brad Hill is an American college baseball coach and has been the head baseball coach at Kansas State University since the start of the 2004 season. He has held the position for eight seasons. Under him, the Wildcats have appeared in six consecutive Big 12 Baseball Tournaments (2007-2012). His teams have also qualified for three NCAA Division I Baseball Championships. Hill was the coach at Central Missouri from 1995-2003. He won a Division II National Championship there in 2003, and was National Runner-up in 2001.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Hill played collegiately at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. He capped off his stellar four-year career by helping Emporia State to the 1984 NAIA College World Series. Hill still owns a majority of the Hornets' offensive marks, including the career marks for games played (244), at-bats (809), hits (302), runs scored (241), RBIs (264), doubles (71) and home runs (47).

He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft in the 35th round (778th overall). He advanced as high as Class AA.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Hill was the head coach at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, for three seasons from 1988–90, compiling an 83-50 overall record. His 1989 squad posted a school-record 34 wins, while in 1990 the Dragons registered the highest winning percentage in school history with a 32-9 mark.

Hill was an assistant coach at the University of Kansas for 4 seasons under his college coach, Dave Bingham. As the Jayhawks' hitting coach and recruiting coordinator from 1991–94, he helped Kansas to a 144-92 overall record and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including the school's first and only trip to the College World Series in 1993. The 1993 team broke school records for most hits, doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases in a single-season. The Jayhawks posted a 10-7 record against the Wildcats during Hill's tenure in Lawrence.

Hill was hired by Central Missouri State in 1995. He led the Mules to a National Championship in 2003, with a record of 51-7, including 27-2 in conference play.

In the summer of 2003, Hill was hired by Kansas State University as the head baseball coach. He replaced Mike Clark, who coached the team for 17 years. In 2004, Hill lead the Wildcats to their first-ever national ranking at No. 30 during that pan, which included an 11-game winning streak.

Then, in 2005, the Wildcats took the next step as they won 30 games in a season for just the 10th time ever, doubled their conference wins from the previous season, swept a season series from in-state rival Wichita State for the first time in 50 years and knocked off a No. 1-ranked team for the first time in school history, eventual national champion Texas.

In 2006, the Wildcats won a school-record 16 straight games and also ended the season on a 5-game winning streak, wrapping up the season with a sweep of # 22 Baylor at Tointon Family Stadium. Statistically, K-State finished the season in the top half of the league in both hitting (.314) and ERA (3.94). The 3.94 team ERA was the lowest since the 1975 season and the best since the addition of aluminum bats in college baseball.

His teams have won 40 or more games eight times and 50-plus games on four occasions.

On April 29, 2009, Hill won his 600th career game, beating North Dakota, 10-2.[3] He also earned 2009 Big 12 Conference Baseball Coach of the Year honors.

The 2009 season proved to be the most storied in the program's 109-year history. Predicted to finish ninth in the Big 12 Baseball Preseason Poll, Hill guided K-State to a school-record 43-win season, including a program-best 14 conference victories to finish fourth in the Big 12 regular season standings, the school's best finish since placing second in the Big 8 in 1990. The Cats earned their first top 10 ranking during the season and finished the 2009 campaign in the national polls for the first time in school history when Baseball America ranked K-State No. 19 in its final poll. The Wildcats earned their first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. They lost their first game against Xavier University before losing to the Rice Owls.

As of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, 18 Wildcats have been drafted under the tutelage of Brad Hill.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Central Missouri State Mules (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (DII)) (1995–2003)
1995 Central Missouri State 49-10 19-1 1st College World Series
1996 Central Missouri State 40-12 16-2 1st Central Regional
1997 Central Missouri State 39-13 17-2 1st College World Series
1998 Central Missouri State 39-8 20-2 1st College World Series
1999 Central Missouri State 43-10 20-1 1st Central Regional
2000 Central Missouri State 50-13 29-1 1st College World Series
2001 Central Missouri State 53-10 26-3 1st College World Series
2002 Central Missouri State 54-8 28-3 1st Central Regional
2003 Central Missouri State 51-7 27-2 1st College World Series
Central Missouri State: 418-91 (.821) 202-17 (.922)
Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12 Conference) (2004–present)
2004 Kansas State 26-30 4-23 10th
2005 Kansas State 30-25 8-19 10th
2006 Kansas State 31-20-2 8-17-2 9th
2007 Kansas State 34-24 10-16 8th Big 12 Tournament
2008 Kansas State 29-29 11-16 t-6th Big 12 Tournament
2009 Kansas State 43-18-1 14-11-1 4th Houston Regional
2010 Kansas State 37-22 14-12 t-3rd Fayetteville Regional
2011 Kansas State 36-25 12-14 6th Fullerton Regional
2012 Kansas State 27-31 7-17 t-8th Big 12 Tournament
2013 Kansas State 45-19 16-8 1st Corvallis Super Regional
Kansas State: 338-244-3 (.580) 104-153-3 (.406)
Total: 746-334-3 (.690)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography
  2. ^ Minor League stats
  3. ^ Hills earns win number 600
  4. ^ "Kansas State baseball: Times have changed". Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  5. ^ "2013 Central Missouri Mules Baseball Media Guide". UCMAthletics.com. Central Missouri Sports Information. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "All-Time Results". NCAA Division II Baseball Record Book. NCAA. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "2012 Big 12 Conference Baseball Media Guide". Big12Sports.com. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "2012 Big 12 Conference Baseball Standings". D1Baseball.com. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.