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Opp Hires Brent Hill as Head Football Coach

(DOTHAN)-- Brent Hill has been coaching football since 1998 when he took his first coaching opportunity as a volunteer assistant in Tennessee.

Hill will make the move from Collierville, Tennessee to Opp, Alabama to become the Bobcats next head football coach.

Opp City Schools Superintendent Michael Smithart announced Hill's hiring as the Bobcats’ new head football coach this morning.

"I'm very excited and can't wait to get down there," said Hill.

Hill will be doing a lot of traveling between now and mid-May before he can officially settle down in the Wiregrass. The head coaching opportunity at Opp was one Hill didn't want to pass up.

"I fell in love with the town. After meeting with the principal and Superintendent and getting a sense of community down there, it was just great," said Hill.

"Collierville (Tennessee) is a suburb of Memphis and my wife and I have always loved southern Alabama and the southwest Georgia area. We're really looking forward to this next opportunity," he said.

Hill has been coaching at St. George's Independent School since 2007, when he started as an offensive coordinator and Athletic Director.

St. George's Independent School is Pre-K through 12th grade with more than 1,200 students. The Gryphons have more than 70 athletic teams.

Hill worked tirelessly managing both Athletic Director and football coaching duties through 2011-2012 when he assumed head coaching responsibilities.

Managing 70 athletic teams on top of being a head football coach was overwhelming for Hill and as a result he turned over the head football coach reigns and solely focused on Athletic Director duties this past football season.

"My body just needed the break so I took a break from the X's and O's," said Hill.

In his coaching tenure at St. George's Hill accumulated a 22-5 record, winning a state title in 2011.

"I believe in two hardcore fundamentals when it comes to football: tackling and blocking," said Hill.

Hill says he has three principles when it comes to coaching: Play fast, play hard and execute off tempo. He believes that regardless of systems and formations it's important to run your schemes based on the players you have at skill positions.

"I run a spread offense. But that has such a broad meaning nowadays. You can have an idea of what you want to run but there will be adjustments made based on your skill positions," he said.

Hill had an opportunity to learn about uptempo and spread under current Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze.

"I coached offense and defense at Briarcrest Christian under Hugh Freeze in 2001. We didn't really have coordinator positions so I worked with both the offense and the defense," said Hill.

In 2002, Hill transitioned to be the offensive coordinator at Evangelical Christian School.

"I had an opportunity to Coach a kid named Barrett Jones while there. He's such a nice kid, a great family,' said Hill.

Jones was a sophomore at Evangelical Christian School when Hill left to begin coach at St. George's Independent School.

Coach Hill is set to meet with his new team in Opp and coaches next week and won't start full-time with the Bobcats until the middle of May.


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