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Hill tabbed as new UH baseball coach

The Maui News

Rich Hill is the new head coach of the University of Hawaii baseball program, UH athletic director David Matlin announced Friday.

Hill is the program’s third Division I head coach, following Les Murakami (1971-2000) and Mike Trapasso (2001-20).

“I am beyond humbled and honored to serve the University of Hawaii as the next head baseball coach,” Hill said in a statement. “I have so much respect for the proud tradition of Rainbow Warrior Baseball and feel blessed to be part of this program. From what Coach Les started and Coach Trapasso built upon, to the great players past and present, it is truly a special culture. I especially want to thank President David Lassner and Director of Athletics David Matlin for giving me and my family this opportunity of a lifetime. They have been phenomenal throughout this process. We look forward to embedding ourselves in the community and bringing our brand of tough, fundamentally strong, winning baseball to the great state of Hawaii!”

Hill comes to Manoa with 35 years of head coaching experience, the last 23 at the University of San Diego. Hill brings a head coaching record of 1,079-738-4 (.594) and most recently led the Toreros to a 33-12 season and a second-place finish in the West Coast Conference in 2021.

At San Diego, Hill went 747-514-4, made it to eight NCAA regionals, earned the program’s first-ever national seed (2007), won seven West Coast Conference titles and coached two national players of the year (Kris Bryant, 2013, Golden Spikes Award; and Brian Matusz, 2008, National Pitcher of the Year).

Under Hill, USD produced three consecutive Major League Baseball first-round picks from 2013-15 — Bryant, Conner Joe and Kyle Holder. The Toreros had 61 players sign a pro contract since 2010, ranking 16th in the country and first among non-Power Five programs.

Before San Diego, Hill led the San Francisco Dons to a 139-144 record over five seasons. Prior to USF, Hill led his alma mater, California Lutheran, from 1988-93, finishing his career there with a 193-80 record.