Fred Hill '82 Returns to Seton Hall as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
Hill Begins Second Coaching Stint in South Orange Where He Helped Recruit the Top-Ranked Class in the Nation
“We are excited to welcome Fred back to the Seton Hall family,” said Willard. “Fred has a great basketball mind and brings over 30 years of experience to our coaching staff. He is a proven recruiter who has a track record of attracting elite talent in each of his coaching stops. Fred enjoyed tremendous success on the recruiting trail in his first term at Seton Hall, and we look forward to this next chapter of his coaching career.”
Hill was instrumental in guiding Seton Hall to the postseason in his three years (1998-2001) under head coach Tommy Amaker, which included a run to the Sweet 16 in 2000. He mentored three-time All-BIG EAST selection and the Pirates’ current associate head coach Shaheen Holloway (1996-2000), two-time All-BIG EAST honoree Andre Barrett (2000-04), along with NBA veterans Eddie Griffin, the 2000-01 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, and Samuel Dalembert (1999-2001).
He returns to South Orange after spending the last two seasons at Northwestern University as an assistant on Bill Carmody’s staff in the Big Ten. He previously served four years as head coach at Rutgers from 2006-10, promoted to the position after one year as associate head coach. While at Rutgers, Hill recruited a pair of top-50 players, including the first McDonald’s All-American in program history (Mike Rosario).
“I am grateful for this opportunity to work with Coach Willard and his terrific staff,” said Hill. “It feels great to be back home at Seton Hall where I have so many fond memories. This is truly an exciting time to rejoin the Pirate family as we embark on the new BIG EAST basketball conference. I look forward to working tirelessly with our staff to make my second experience at Seton Hall as wonderful as my first.”
Hill helped guide four different programs to nine consecutive postseason appearances from 1998-2006 as a member of the coaching staffs at Fairleigh Dickinson, Seton Hall, Villanova and Rutgers. He garnered national recognition as the No. 1 assistant coach in the country by Basketball Times (2004-05) and by Lindy’s College Basketball magazine (2002-03) during his time as an assistant at Villanova.
Hill also helped Villanova return to prominence from 2001-05 as the Wildcats advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2005. It was the program’s first NCAA tournament bid since 1999 and its first Sweet 16 since 1988. In 2002-03, Hill was instrumental in signing a premier recruiting class that ranked top five nationally, which featured four top-50 recruits – Jason Fraser (No. 5), Curtis Sumpter (No. 25), Randy Foye (No. 32) and Allan Ray (No. 40).
A 1982 graduate of Montclair State, Hill began his coaching career in 1981-82 at his alma mater. He also held assistant coaching positions at Maine (1988-91), Marquette (1986-88), Rider (1983-86) and Lehigh (1982-83).