Pat Hill

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Pat Hill
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Offensive line coach
Team Atlanta Falcons
Biographical details
Born (1951-12-17) December 17, 1951 (age 62)
Los Angeles, California
Playing career
1970–1973 UC-Riverside
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1974–1976
1977–1980
1981–1982
1983
1984–1989
1990–1991
1992–1995
1996
1997–2011
2012-2013
LA Valley College (OL)
Utah (OL/RC)
UNLV (OC/OL/RC)
Calgary Stampeders (OL/RC)
Fresno State (OL/RC)
Arizona (OC/OL)
Cleveland Browns (TE/OL)
Baltimore Ravens (TE/OL)
Fresno State
Atlanta Falcons (OL)
Head coaching record
Overall 112–80
Bowls 4–7
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 WAC (1999)

Pat Hill (born December 17, 1951) is a former American football player and former offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons. He served as the head football coach at Fresno State from 1997 until his dismissal following the 2011 season. In 15 seasons as head coach as Fresno State, he led the Bulldogs to a record of 112–80, 11 bowl game appearances, and a share of the 1999 Western Athletic Conference title.

Early positions[edit]

Pat Hill attended Rim of the World High School in Lake Arrowhead, California, graduating in 1970. A 1973 graduate of, and an offensive lineman for the University of California, Riverside, Hill was the offensive line coach at Los Angeles Valley College from 1974 to 1976. In 1977, he became the offensive line coach at the University of Utah, where he would stay through 1980. This was followed by short stints at UNLV in 1981 and 1982, and a one-year stay in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders in 1983. After an assistant coaching job at Fresno State, Hill went on to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Arizona from 1990 to 1991. He then went to coach in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns (under Bill Belichick) and the Baltimore Ravens, where he served as the tight ends and offensive line coach for both teams.

Fresno State[edit]

Hill took on the head coaching job at Fresno State in 1997, where he had previously served as the offensive line coach from 1984 to 1989. Coming into the 2005 season, Hill had compiled a 64-38 win-loss record, including a 44-19 Western Athletic Conference mark, one WAC title, and a 10-8 record against BCS teams, the most by any non-BCS conference team. Under Hill Fresno State routinely scheduled—and defeated—highly ranked opponents from power conferences. Taking his cue from how Bobby Bowden turned Florida State into a powerhouse, Hill let it be known soon after arriving in Fresno that his Bulldogs would play "anybody, anywhere, anytime."[1]

Pat Hill currently has 17 wins over BCS automatic qualifying conference teams, which is tied for the most wins for any non-automatic qualifier with Utah.[2]

However, Fresno State crested after nearly upending top-ranked USC late in the 2005 season, and from that point onward Hill only won 40 of his final 81 games.[3] On December 4, 2011, Hill was fired by Fresno State.[4]

During his tenure, he coached a number of NFL players including: QB Tom Brandstater, QB David Carr, QB Billy Volek, RB Ryan Mathews, RB Lonyae Miller, RB Michael Pittman, RB Bryson Sumlin, RB Derrick Ward, RB Dwayne Wright, WR Seyi Ajirotutu, WR Bernard Berrian, WR Paul Williams, WR Devon Wylie, TE Bear Pascoe, OT Chris Conrad, OG Logan Mankins, LB Orlando Huff, CB Vernon Fox, CB Richard Marshall, CB Will Middleton, S Tyrone Culver, S Cory Hall, and S James Sanders

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On Jan. 28, 2012, Pat Hill agreed to be the Atlanta Falcons' Offensive Line coach.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Fresno State Bulldogs (Western Athletic Conference) (1997–2011)
1997 Fresno State 6–6 5–3 3rd (Pacific)
1998 Fresno State 5–6 5–3 T–3rd (Pacific)
1999 Fresno State 8–5 5–2 T–1st L Las Vegas
2000 Fresno State 7–5 6–2 3rd L Silicon Valley
2001 Fresno State 11–3 6–2 T–2nd L Silicon Valley
2002 Fresno State 9–5 6–2 3rd W Silicon Valley
2003 Fresno State 9–5 6–2 T–2nd W Silicon Valley
2004 Fresno State 9–3 5–3 T–3rd W MPC Computers 22 22
2005 Fresno State 8–5 6–2 T–3rd L Liberty
2006 Fresno State 4–8 4–4 5th
2007 Fresno State 9–4 6–2 3rd W Humanitarian
2008 Fresno State 7–6 4–4 T–5th L New Mexico
2009 Fresno State 8–5 6–2 3rd L New Mexico
2010 Fresno State 8–5 5–3 4th L Humanitarian
2011 Fresno State 4–9 3–4 T–4th
Fresno State: 112–80 78–40
Total: 112–80
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

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