Hill will serve as first director of player development and community/alumni relations
Hill previously served as an assistant football coach at CSU from 2008-11, and was a student assistant for the Rams in 1998. He returned to Fort Collins after spending the 2014 season as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at McPherson (Kan.) College and one season as assistant offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Colorado Ice professional indoor football team.
Hill, a 1999 graduate of CSU with a degree in exercise and sports science, returned to his alma mater for the second time in 2008 as running backs coach on Steve Fairchild’s first staff. He served in that role for three years before moving to tight ends coach in 2011.
Prior to joining the Rams’ coaching staff in 2008, he spent the previous 12 seasons coaching football at either the high school or college level. He came to Fort Collins after serving in 2007 as head coach at San Diego High School, where his top assistant, former Rams teammate Paul Turner, succeeded him at the helm.
Hill concluded his CSU playing career in 1994 as one of the most exciting players in program history. He played professionally in 1995 as a reserve quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League before returning home and serving as an assistant coach from 1996-97 at University City (Calif.) High School, where he starred in the late 1980s. At UCHS, he tutored the young field generals who followed in his footsteps and in each of his two years, one of his pupils earned all-league honors. In addition to football, Hill for two seasons was an assistant on both the boys’ basketball team and the girls’ track & field squad.
He made his first return to Fort Collins in 1998 to work with CSU’s wide receivers as a student assistant coach and peer mentor while finishing his degree. From 1996 to 2000 — before and after his 1998 return to CSU — Hill served on the faculty of UCHS as a teacher’s aide and instructional aide. He worked one semester with special-education students, and two semesters with at-risk students. In the latter role, he spearheaded a mentoring and tutoring program for students in danger of dropping out, and saw the program enjoy great results.
Hill then spent two seasons (2003-04) as offensive coordinator/tight ends coach at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., before coming back to La Jolla (Calif.) High School to serve as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator for two more seasons (2005-06), prior to accepting the head coaching position at San Diego High School in 2007.
As a senior in 1994 at CSU, where his position coach was Fairchild and the wide receivers coach was Urban Meyer, Hill led the Rams to a storybook 10-2 season. The quarterback guided CSU to a berth opposite Michigan in the Holiday Bowl, a No. 14 ranking in the final USA Today/CNN coaches’ poll and a No. 16 slot in the season-ending Associated Press rankings.
That season, the Rams were in the nation’s Top 10 in five straight polls entering the Holiday Bowl. Hill guided an opportunistic offense to a 21-16 win at No. 4/6 Arizona (Oct. 8), throwing two touchdown passes against the Wildcats’ vaunted “Desert Swarm” defense, as well as wins over two other ranked opponents, No. 18/10 BYU and No. 23/23 Wyoming – each on the road. All told in 1994, he completed 154 of 290 passes (53.1 percent) for 2,552 yards and 16 touchdowns, while rushing for 163 yards on 93 attempts, with five scores, and earned second-team all-conference honors.
A three-year starter (1992-94), Hill left CSU as the school’s career total offense leader (7,428 yards), surpassing Kelly Stouffer (6,666). His mark now ranks third after Bradlee Van Pelt (8,579) broke it in 2003 and Garrett Grayson (9,478) topped Van Pelt’s mark in 2014. Hill also ranks tied for fifth with 39 career touchdown passes, and sixth in career passing yards (6,309). He was inducted into the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
A 1990 graduate of San Diego’s University City High School, Hill garnered second-team all-city and second-team all-conference recognition, passing for 1,903 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior in 1989. In addition to football, he lettered in basketball and track & field.
Born Dec. 24, 1971, in San Diego, Anthoney and his wife, Kesha, make their home in Fort Collins. He also has three children, Bakir, Kiara and Deja. Hill earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from CSU in 1999.
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