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Former SCF Coach Tim Hill Sr. to be Inducted Into ABCA Hall of Fame

(Bradenton, Fla., July 20, 2017) — Tim Hill Sr., a former baseball coach at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame in January. Hill, who led the SCF Manatees for 31 seasons, was one of the winningest junior college coaches of all time. For his career, he amassed a record of 1193-550-3 (.683) and ranked sixth all-time in wins among junior college coaches as of 2016.

Hill, who passed away in 2015, came to SCF (then Manatee Junior College) in 1978 as an assistant coach to Robert C. Wynn, another ABCA Hall of Famer. Under Hill, the baseball team, formerly called the Lancers, captured 17 conference titles, six state titles, made five trips to the Alpine Bank JUCO World Series and managed three top-three national tournament finishes.

“Being inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors a college baseball coach can receive.  Our family is so proud of him,” said SCF Baseball Coach Tim Hill II. “He really loved having a positive impact on all the players he coached.  We all miss him tremendously.”

In 2005, Hill was inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a member of the inaugural class of inductees into the SCF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006 and was inducted into the FCSAA Hall of Fame in 2000. Hill was named an ABCA/Diamond Regional Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2010.

Hill was honored four times by the Florida Diamond Club and Louisville Slugger as the state's Junior College Coach of the Year and was FCSAA Coach of the Year six times. He also was chosen by his coaching peers to serve as an assistant coach for the 1991 USA National Olympic Trials.

Hill played two seasons of pro ball with the Washington Nationals before starting his coaching career at Yorktown (Va.) High School where his teams won five titles in six seasons. Hill then spent four seasons at South Florida Community College before taking the reins at SCF.

Over the course of Hill's career, 293 of his former players moved on to four-year schools and 202 of his former players were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Of those, 145 earned a spot on pro rosters and 17 advanced to the Major League level.

For more information contact Matt Ennis, SCF Athletic Director, at ennism@SCF.edu

Tim Hill in 2010

Tim Hill Sr. in 2010

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