Tim Hill plans to step down after 12 years at the helm of the Pacific softball program

After leading the Pacific University softball program for more than a decade, head coach Tim Hill announced last month that he will retire from coaching at the end of the season.

“After 35 years coaching, including 12 exceptional years at Pacific, I feel that I am as competitive as ever. I still want to win every game and my heart is still into the game and into this softball program,” Hill said. “Unfortunately, I am also finding that I am just not able to physically perform at a level that is up to my expectations or at a level that is in the best interests of this program.

“While it has been a wonderful journey here at Pacific, one that includes many outstanding teams, an award-winning stadium, a great athletic environment and player relationships that I will always cherish, I find that it’s simply time to step aside.”

During his years in Forest Grove, Hill has developed a reputation for getting the most out of his players and using the most of their abilities to create wins on the diamond. So far this season, Hill has taken a lineup of mostly freshmen and sophomores and led them to an 15-9 record.

“Tim has done a wonderful job in leading our softball program over the past 12 season,” said Director of Athletics Ken Schumann. “He turned our program into a consistent title contender in the Northwest Conference and at the same time provided a top-quality experience for our student-athletes.

“We will certainly miss Tim and we wish him all of the best moving forward.”

Hill came to Pacific in 2002 and immediately turned around a program that had won no more than nine games each of the previous four seasons. During his tenure, Pacific finished with 20 or more wins seven times, including each of the last six seasons.

He entered mid-March with a 248-193 record at Pacific and a 273-224 record in his college career, and should end his career with Pacific’s eighth winning season in the last nine years.

The high-water mark for Hill came in 2008, when he led a very talented Pacific squad to a 31-9 record and a second-place conference finish behind then-defending national champion Linfield.

The Boxers finished with a 20-8 NWC mark, but despite the strength of the conference were denied an NCAA Division III Tournament berth. That season produced 10 All-NWC selections for the Boxers, accounting for two-thirds of the team’s entire roster.

Hill led Pacific to its first NWC playoff appearance in 2013 — the first since the tournament format was installed in 2011 — after the Boxers finished with a 21-19 record and tied for third in the conference standings with Whitworth.

During his time at Pacific, Hill has coached more than 60 All-NWC selections, including 15 first team selections.

In his two-year tenure at George Fox, Hill successfully turned around a Bruins program despite a limited roster. He was named the NWC Coach of the Year in 2001 after leading George Fox to a fourth-place NWC finish.

Prior to his arrival in the college ranks, Hill was already a legend coaching softball at the high school and club levels. He spent 25 years coaching the powerful Sun Supply club program and coached the team to the 2002 ASA U-16 national championship. When he retired from Sun Supply in 2004, Hill had amassed a 1,029-326 record, coached the program to third-place national finishes in 1997 and 2001 and a fifth-place finish in 1995.

For his work with Sun Supply, Hill and current Pacific assistant coach Paul Sabah were inducted into the Oregon Chapter of the American Softball Association Hall of Fame.

A national search for Hill’s replacement will commence this month.

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