Talmadge Hill

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Talmadge Hill
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Playing career
1924–1927 Morgan State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1948–1960 Morgan State
Head coaching record
Overall 149–128
Accomplishments and honors
2 CIAA (1949, 1956)

Talmadge L. "Marse" Hill was the head basketball coach and an assistant football coach at Morgan State College, from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Early life[edit]

Hill is originally from East Orange, New Jersey.[1] He graduated from Morgan State College in 1928. Hill played football for the Morgan Bears, and in a game versus Lincoln University he was tackled by a player from Lincoln's bench as Hill was streaking down the sideline for the apparent winning touchdown. Morgan eventually was awarded the touchdown and won the game.[1] After his career at Morgan, Hill earned a Master's degree at Columbia University and then returned to Morgan as a teacher and assistant coach in 1930.[2][3] Hill was hired as a professor and taught Biology.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Early in his coaching career at Morgan, Hill was the assistant to Edward P. Hurt in football, basketball and track. He took over head coaching responsibilities for the basketball team in 1948 and served as the head coach until 1960. Hill was described as a conservative coach and one who did not like "fancy" ball handlers playing for him.

Awards and honors[edit]

The Talmadge L. Hill Fieldhouse on the campus of Morgan State University
  • 1969-named to the Maryland Commission on Physical Fitness[6]
  • 1974-Morgan State University field house(pictured) named in his honor[7]
  • The MEAC men’s All-Sports Award is named for Coach Hill[8]
  • Chairman of the MEAC Steering and Planning Committee and the league’s first president
  • 1972-elected to the Morgan State University Athletic Hall of Fame
  • 1975-inducted into The Pigskin Club Hall of Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame[9]
  • 1978-inducted into the HBCU Hall of Fame


  1. ^ a b Patterson, Ted (2000). Football In Baltimore. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 304. ISBN 0-8018-6424-0. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  2. ^ "The Talmadge L. Hill Field House" (PDF). Morgan Magazine. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  3. ^ Wade, Herman L. (2004-06-01). Run From There. United States: Word Association. p. 211. ISBN 978-1-932205-78-7. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  4. ^ "THE FIRST COLORED Professional, Clerical and Business DIRECTORY OF BALTIMORE CITY 19th Annual Edition, 1931-1932". Archives of Maryland. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  5. ^ "MSU Coaches’ Records" (PDF). Morgan State University Sports Information Office. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Commission on Physical Fitness". Maryland Manual. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  7. ^ "Hurt Gymnasium". Morgan state University. Archived from the original on 2008-08-03. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  8. ^ "Pigskin Club Honors Asberry & Ellis in Nation’s Capital". Shaw University. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  9. ^ "Hall of Fame". The Pigskin Club Hall of Washington, D.C. Retrieved 2008-07-24.