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Former Florida Gators receiver, assistant Aubrey Hill dies at 48

After being on three SEC championship teams in the '90s, the Miami native won a high school state title as a head coach and was an assistant at UF, Miami and FIU.
Florida receiver Aubrey Hill, shown here during a game in 1994, caught 18 touchdown passes during his Gators career in the '90s.
Florida receiver Aubrey Hill, shown here during a game in 1994, caught 18 touchdown passes during his Gators career in the '90s. [ St. Petersburg Times ]
Published Aug. 17, 2020
Updated Aug. 17, 2020

Aubrey Hill, a former Florida Gators receiver and longtime college assistant in the state, has died. Florida International, where he was receivers coach, announced the news Sunday evening. Hill was 48.

“It was a shock to learn of Aubrey’s passing tonight after his long battle with cancer,” FIU coach Butch Davis said. “Aubrey was loved and adored by so many who saw him not only as a coach but as an amazing husband and father. We mourn his loss, but we will also hold on to the great memories he left behind and how honored we all were to be a part of his life. We pray for his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Hill, a Miami native, had a successful college career at Florida. The Gators won three SEC championships during his time in Gainesville as a player (1991-94), and he finished with 86 catches and 18 touchdowns under coach Steve Spurrier.

He got into coaching soon afterward and was a graduate assistant on the Gators’ first national title team in 1996, coached by Spurrier. Hill coached at Duke, Elon and Pitt before returning to the state as an assistant at Miami, where he worked from 2008-10.

He returned to Florida as receivers coach in 2011 but resigned the following year after his name surfaced in the Nevin Shapiro booster scandal at Miami. Hill eventually received a two-year show cause ban by the NCAA.

Hill won the Class 6A state championship as head coach at Miami Carol City in 2016. He was entering his fourth season as FIU’s receivers coach.