B. J. Hill

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B. J. Hill
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1973-05-17) May 17, 1973 (age 44)
Playing career
? North Iowa Area CC
Grand View College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1997–1998 North Iowa Area CC (assistant)
1998–1999 Independence CC (assistant)
1999–2000 South Dakota State (assistant)
2000–2005 Coffeyville CC (assistant)
2005–2006 Indian Hills CC (assistant)
2006–2010 Northern Colorado (assistant)
2010–2016 Northern Colorado
Head coaching record
Overall 86–98
Accomplishments and honors
Big Sky Conference Tournament championship (2011)
Big Sky Conference regular season championship (2011)
Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year (2011)

Benjamin Joseph Hill (born May 17, 1973) is an American college basketball coach and former head men's basketball coach at the University of Northern Colorado. He began coaching the Bears in 2010–11, when he guided them to the school's first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament berth, where they would lose in the Round of 64. He won the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year that season.

Hill and his entire staff were fired after the 2015–16 season upon the discovery of numerous NCAA rules violations. He was found to have personally completed coursework for a prospect and enlisted a trainer to do the same. In addition, nine members of his staff completed coursework for players, paid for prospects' classes, and arranged for off-campus practices with an academically ineligible player. In December 2017, Hill received a six-year show-cause penalty, effectively banning him from coaching at an NCAA member school during that time.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Northern Colorado Bears (Big Sky Conference) (2010–2016)
2010–11 Northern Colorado 21–11 13–3 1st NCAA Round of 64
2011–12 Northern Colorado 9–19 5–11 7th
2012–13 Northern Colorado 13–18 10–10 4th
2013–14 Northern Colorado 18–14 11–9 5th CIT First Round
2014–15 Northern Colorado 15-15 10–8 5th
2015–16 Northern Colorado 10–21 7–11 9th
Northern Colorado: 86–98 56–52
Total: 86–98

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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


  1. ^ Goodman, Jeff (December 15, 2017). "Former Northern Colorado coach B.J. Hill given six-year show-cause order". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 17, 2017.