June 24, 2019 | 72° F

Hill honored with induction

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Retired head coach Fred Hill registered 941 wins and 11 NCAA appearances in 30 seasons with the Rutgers baseball team.

Following more than 37 years of collegiate level coaching and 1,089 total wins to Fred Hill’s name, it’s no surprise that the retired Rutgers head baseball coach is still being celebrated. 

Yesterday, Hill earned one of the greatest honors in college baseball, being elected to the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Hill spent 30 seasons in charge of the Scarlet Knights, registering 941 wins, 11 NCAA regional appearances, 12 regular season conference championships, eight conference tournament titles. He also sent 73 former players to the professional ranks. 

“This is a great honor, but it would not be possible without the terrific players and coaches I have had to work with over the years,” Hill said in a statement. “I also would like to thank my wife, Evelyn and my family. They have supported me through it all.”

This was not the first accolade Hill received for his services. His No. 24 jersey was retired May 10.

Hill took over as Rutgers’ head coach in 1984 and turned the program into a collegiate power in the Northeast. 

Although Hill’s time as a coach is over, his lessons continue to remain an integral part of Rutgers’ program.

“I have been blessed to have been able to play for him and coach with him,” current head coach Joe Litterio said in a statement. “We are all very fortunate to have learned from him the right way to go about our business no matter the situation.”

Sean Stewart

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