Chris Hill (athletic director)

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Chris Hill
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Athletic director
Team Utah
Conference Pac-12
Biographical details
Born c. 1950
Playing career
1969–1972 Rutgers
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Utah (GA)
Granger HS (UT)
Utah (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Crimson Club (director)
Accomplishments and honors
Mountain West Conference's Commissioner's Award (2004)
Utah High School 4A Coach of the Year (1975)

Chris Hill (born c. 1950) is an American college athletics administrator and former basketball player and coach. He has been the athletic director at the University of Utah since 1987. His responsibilities include overseeing the athletic department and supervising all the coaches. During his twenty-plus years in his position, he has hired several coaches, secured funding for facilities upgrades, and negotiated the University of Utah's entrance into the Pacific-12 Conference.

Coaches hired[edit]

During Hill's tenure, the Utah Utes have shown success in several different sports. He has been responsible for hiring Rick Majerus in college basketball and Ron McBride, Urban Meyer, and Kyle Whittingham in college football. From 2004–2009, he served on the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee, which decides which teams are accepted into the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship tournament held each March.[1]

A March 2013 story appearing Yahoo! Sports suggested that Hill ignored complaints from students and parents about abusive behavior from Greg Winslow, a swimming coach at Utah from 2007 to 2013.[2]

Facilities improvements[edit]

Hill has helped improve the athletics facilities at Utah. In 1998, the school remodeled Rice–Eccles Stadium in preparation for the 2002 Winter Olympics, which held the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the stadium.[3] In addition, the following facilities have been improved or built during his tenure: the George S. Eccles Tennis Center, Dee Glen Smith Athletics Center, and the McCarthey Practice Fields.[4]

Pacific-12 Conference[edit]

Hill and University of Utah president Michael K. Young negotiated with the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) to make Utah a member. Utah joined the Pac-10 for the 2011–12 academic year. The University of Colorado at Boulder also joined the Pac-10 in 2011, when the conference was renamed as the Pacific-12 Conference (Pac-12).[5]


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