SCF Announces Baseball Head Coach Transition at End of Season

Head Coach Post Goes to Tim Hill II When Longtime Head Coach and Hall of Famer Tim Hill Sr. Retires After This Season

(Bradenton, Fla., January 10, 2012) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) announced the pending retirement of its legendary head baseball coach and the appointment of a new head coach who pledges to add his own winning record to the program’s celebrated tradition.

At a press conference held at the College’s Bradenton campus, SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner applauded Tim Hill Sr., the all-time leader in career wins of any Florida junior college head coach and a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, for the dozens of records he and his teams amassed and surpassed in his 31 years as head coach at SCF. Hill Sr. will retire at the end of the 2012 season.

Hafner named assistant coach Tim Hill II to fill the head coach position. The junior Hill is in his 14th season as assistant coach at SCF where during his tenure he is credited with helping the baseball program win three state championships, make three trips to the JUCO World Series, produce more NJCAA All-American student-athletes and JUCO Players of the Year than any other Florida school, and send 115 student-athletes to four-year college and university baseball programs and 59 players to professional baseball.

“He has worked hard and he earned it,” Hill Sr. said, referring to his son’s promotion. “In the past 13 years with Tim managing all phases of the offense and defense and coaching third base, we have broken 32 individual and team-hitting records and 12 of 13 both single game and single season offense records.”

The SCF baseball program is recognized as the most successful junior college program in Florida and one of the top programs in the nation. Hill Sr. came to the college in 1978 as assistant coach to the college’s first baseball coach, Bob Wynn, following four years as head baseball coach at South Florida Junior College. He was named head coach for the 1981-82 season and inherited a strong tradition from Wynn, also an NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee and the namesake of SCF’s baseball field.

“As a former student-athlete and administrator involved with JUCO athletics for 25 years, I have known about this college’s baseball program for a long time. The baseball program deserves its elite reputation in Florida and around the country, and as president it has been exciting to watch the program continue to grow and prosper as we have progressed as an institution,” Hafner said.

“It is not often that a president gets to announce only the third head baseball coach to lead a 53-year-old program, and I am confident that this decision to put Tim Hill II at the baseball program’s helm will keep moving us forward and further strengthen our tradition,” said Hafner.

Hill II’s association with SCF started in 1988-90 when he played in the baseball program and was named to the All-State Academic and All-State Tournament teams. He distinguished himself at the university level, graduating cum laude from the University of Central Florida with his bachelor’s degree in marketing and later earning a master’s degree in health and physical education from Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW).

Before returning to SCF in 1999 where he has held the positions of student life advisor and instructor in addition to his assistant coaching duties, Hill II worked in professional sports organizations, including the Boston Red Sox, and was assistant baseball coach and sports information director at GSW where he helped coach the team to a conference championship and a berth in the regional tournament.

“I know what it means to coach and play on the most successful junior college baseball program in Florida and I understand the tradition here,” Hill II said. “I appreciate this opportunity and will work hard to build on the success that Coach Wynn and Coach Hill have established over the last 53 years.”

Dr. Donald Bowman, vice president of educational and student services, and Matt Ennis, athletic director, said Hill II’s commitment to seeing baseball players succeed academically as well as athletically was a major factor in recommending him for the head coach position.

“Our student-athletes consistently achieve at a high academic level as demonstrated by this year’s baseball team that scored a 3.23 grade point average last fall,” Bowman said.

Hill II will continue teaching after he assumes the head coach position. The head coaching position is a part-time, stipend position, as are all SCF head coaching positions.

SCF officials said the announcement of the transition was timed to assist in recruiting and retaining athletes and coaching staff as the baseball season gets underway.  

Of his three-plus decades at SCF, Hill Sr. said: “We have won a lot of games and championships and we have had great success on the baseball field, but what I am most proud of is seeing our players move on to colleges, universities and professional baseball and become good husbands, fathers and productive citizens.”

Hill said, “I am confident that this group of young men will carry on the successful tradition of Manatees baseball this spring.”

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Tim Hill II, Tim Hill Sr., President Dr. Lars A. Hafner, Matt Ennis, Bob Wynn

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Tim Hill II and President Dr. Lars A. Hafner

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