Weeki Wachee resident Dick Hill has been inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.
“It’s something that’s in your blood,” Hill said of coaching. “I always enjoyed using my technical background to help others so they’re fully aware of the basics – how you get from A to B.”
He began his coaching career in 1963 and led Florida A&M to two consecutive conference titles. He also coached his alma mater, Southern University, to five NAIA titles before jumping to San Diego State and serving as an assistant coach for Team USA.
Hill’s career as an administrator included stops as athletic director at Southern, senior associate AD at Louisville and AD at MIT.
His ties to the North Suncoast started after he retired from MIT and visited a friend in Hernando County with his wife. They stayed and bought a house in Weeki Wachee.
In 2003, Hill began helping Central’s track team – first once a week, then regularly. Kurt Lee credited Hill for helping him win the school’s first track and field state championship by setting a county record in the pole vault that year.
“He did everything,” Hill said.
Hill was honored at an induction ceremony in Orlando on Dec. 19. The six-member hall of fame class also included former UF coach Dick Booth.