Sunday, Feb 1, 2015
Hill Takes Over Carbondale Football
CARBONDALE -- Nick Hill always knew he wanted to be a high school football coach, he just didn't expect the opportunity to take over a program like Carbondale to come so fast. Hill was named the Terriers' coach at Thursday night's school board meeting. He replaces Dan Koester, who resigned unexpectedly earlier this month citing personal and health reasons.
"I know we've got a lot of work ahead of us but I'm excited," Hill said. "It's a new challenge.
"You know I'm done playing, so looking further on in life, you know this is what I want to do."
Even though this is Hill's first head coaching job, the 28-year old has been on the sidelines before. Last year he was the offensive coordinator at West Orange High School in Orlando, a school nearly four times the size of Carbondale.
"I learned a lot there," Hill remarked. "I think it will help just as far as game day and calling plays. It was a learning experience at the beginning of that year."
Just two months ago, Hill was still playing professionally in the Arena Football League for the San Antonio Talons. But after reinjuring the ankle he broke last year, the Du Quoin native decided to hang up his cleats for the last time.
"You know I have lived all over the country playing football. I've lived in the city but Southern Illinois is home to me," he said. "Being back here, this is where I want to be."
Hill has a lot of work to do before the season starts next month. His biggest concern is completing his coaching staff. Despite the unknowns, he's confident the Terriers are heading in the right direction.
"I'm not saying we're going to be the best team or what our record is going to be but we're going to give it our best shot and we're going to coach them and I'm going to give them everything I have."
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