June 12, 2014
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STOCKTON, Calif. -- University of the Pacific Vice President for External Affairs and Athletics Dr. Ted Leland has announced the hiring of Chris Hill as head men's golf coach. Hill will take over the program officially on July 1.
"We are excited to have someone of Chris' caliber come in to lead our golf program," said Leland. "He brings top level experience at the NCAA Championships and understands what it takes to compete with the best. He is also prepared to bring in the type of golfer that will succeed on the course and in the classroom."
"It is a huge honor to be selected by Dr. Leland, Jim Dugoni and the selection committee to lead the Pacific men's golf program," said Hill. "This is an incredible opportunity to work with the highest quality student-athletes. My family and I are excited to join the Pacific family and the Stockton community."
Chris Hill will come to Pacific almost directly from the NCAA Championships, where he recently helped lead the University of Houston to a 10th place national finish at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas. He just completed his fourth season with the Cougars and second season as the associate head coach of the men's team. Hill was honored in April as the recipient of the 2014 Jan Strickland Award, presented to the nation's top assistant coach by TaylorMade-Adidas Golf as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). It marked the second straight season that Hill was recognized as one of the nation's top assistant coaches. He was also honored as one of eight semifinalists in 2013.
As Houston's associate head coach, he assisted director of golf Jonathan Dismuke in all aspects of the team, including practice scheduling, recruiting, scheduling and student-athlete development. He is a member of the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) and GCAA. In addition to the outstanding performance at the NCAA Championships in 2013-14, Chris helped the Cougars to a third place finish at the American Athletic Conference Championships, and four regular season tournament victories. Houston was ranked in the preseason top 25, and climbed into the top 10 in the spring in the Golfweek/Sagarin, Golfstat and Golf World/Nike Coaches polls all season.
Houston also enjoyed tremendous success during the 2012-13 season. As a team, the Cougars finished among the top-five leaders in each of their first eight tournaments with wins at the Lone Star Invitational and the Border Olympics. In late April, Hill helped lead the Cougars to the Conference USA Championship team and individual titles for the first time since 2001. With that, the program also returned to NCAA Regional play for the second consecutive season.