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Brian Hill
American basketball coach

Brian Hill

Brian Hill
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Intro American basketball coach
A.K.A. Brian Alfred Hill
Is Athlete Basketball player Sports coach Basketball coach
From United States of America
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 19 September 1947, East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Age 76 years
Star sign Virgo
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 175 lbs
Our Lady of the Valley High School
Sports Teams
Orlando Magic
Vancouver Grizzlies
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Brian Alfred Hill (born September 19, 1947) is a retired American basketball coach.

Early life

Born in East Orange, New Jersey, Hill graduated from Our Lady of the Valley High School in Orange, New Jersey in 1965 and John F. Kennedy College in Nebraska in 1969 with a degree in physical education. Hill was a three-year starter on the Kennedy basketball team.

Coaching career

In 1970, Hill began his coaching career as head coach at Clifford Scott High School in his native East Orange, New Jersey. Hill then was an assistant coach at Montclair State College from 1972 to 1974. Hill then spent one season as an assistant coach at Lehigh University and served as head coach for Lehigh from 1975 to 1983. In eight seasons at Lehigh, Hill had a 75–131 record; Lehigh's best record under Hill was 14–12 in 1980–81. In 1983, Hill joined head coach Bruce Parkhill's staff at Penn State.

Hill began his NBA coaching career in 1986 as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks under Mike Fratello. The two met at Montclair State College when Hill was studying to be certified as a driver's education teacher. In 1990, Hill joined the Orlando Magic as an assistant coach under Matt Guokas. He was the head coach of the Orlando Magic from 1993 to 1997 and is the Magic's most successful coach with a record of 191–104. During that time period, he led the Magic to their first NBA Finals in 1995 and also led the team to a 60–22 record the following season. However, following the loss of star center Shaquille O'Neal to free agency during the off-season, he was fired mid-season in 1997 after a player revolt was led by disgruntled star Penny Hardaway.

Following his firing from the Magic, he became head coach of the third-year, expansion Vancouver Grizzlies in 1997. Hill was fired early in his third season. Following that, he became an assistant coach of the New Jersey Nets, where he remained until the end of the postseason. He was then rehired by the Magic and he led the team to a 36–46 record in the 2005–2006 season.

On May 23, 2007, after multiple media sources reported that Hill would not return to coach the Orlando Magic for the 2007–08 NBA season, but would instead be offered another position within the organization, the Magic released a statement that he would not return as coach of the Magic, although it was reported he was actually fired by general manager Otis Smith. It was a position he had held since May 24, 2005. It was his second stint with the team.

Head coaching record


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Lehigh Engineers (East Coast Conference)
1975–76 Lehigh 9–15 2–8 5th
1976–77 Lehigh 12–15 6–4 3rd
1977–78 Lehigh 8–18 5–5 T–2nd
1978–79 Lehigh 8–18 4–13 5th
1979–80 Lehigh 5–20 2–14 5th
1980–81 Lehigh 14–12 6–10 T–3rd
1981–82 Lehigh 9–17 3–13 T–5th
1982–83 Lehigh 10–16 2–11 5th
Lehigh: 75–131 30–78
Total: 75–131


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Orlando 1993–94 82 50 32 .610 2nd in Atlantic 3 0 3 .000 Lost in First Round
Orlando 1994–95 82 57 25 .695 1st in Atlantic 21 11 10 .524 Lost in NBA Finals
Orlando 1995–96 82 60 22 .732 1st in Atlantic 12 7 5 .583 Lost in Conf. Finals
Orlando 1996–97 49 24 25 .490 (fired)
Vancouver 1997–98 82 19 63 .232 6th in Midwest Missed playoffs
Vancouver 1998–99 50 8 42 .160 7th in Midwest Missed playoffs
Vancouver 1999–2000 22 4 18 .182 (fired)
Orlando 2005–06 82 36 46 .439 3rd in Southeast Missed playoffs
Orlando 2006–07 82 40 42 .488 3rd in Southeast 4 0 4 .000 Lost in First Round
Career 673 298 315 .486 40 18 22 .450

Personal life

Hill, a graduate of John F. Kennedy College in Nebraska, has two adult children, Kimberly and Christopher. His daughter was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 5 years old and, as a result, Hill has supported cystic fibrosis research by holding fundraisers and speaking to crowds about the disease. He and his wife Kay live in Orlando, Florida, where they have remained even after his original departure from the Orlando Magic.

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