Hill steps down, making way for his son to coach State College of Florida

A Hall of Fame junior college baseball coach is retiring.

State College of Florida coach Tim Hill announced his retirement Tuesday, effective after this season. He will be replaced by his assistant and son, Tim Hill II.

Hill is the all-time leader in career wins of any Florida junior college head coach and is in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Baseball Hall of Fame.

He has won six state titles and advanced to the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series five times, most recently in 2010. The Manatees have won 1,043 games in his 31 seasons.

“We have won a lot of games and championships and we have had great success on the baseball field, but what I am most proud of is seeing our players move on to college, universities and professional baseball and become good husbands, fathers and productive citizens,” Hill said in a news release.

Hill took over the program from Bob Wynn in the 1981-82 school year.

Hill II is in his 14th season as an assistant coach at SCF, formerly Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Fla.

The younger Hill played for his father for two years and returned to Bradenton nine years later, in 1999, to be an assistant coach and teacher.

“He has worked hard and he earned it,” Hill said in the release. “In the past 13 years with Tim managing all phases of the offense and defense and coaching third base, we have broken 32 individual and team-hitting records and 12 of 13 both single-game and single-season offense records.”

Hill II will be only the third coach in the program’s 53-year history.

“I know what it means to coach and play on the most successful junior college baseball program in Florida and I understand the tradition here,” Hill II said in the release. “I appreciate this opportunity and will work hard to build on the success that Coach Wynn and Coach Hill have established over the last 53 years.”

The Manatees (formerly Lancers) have won 13 state titles, made 10 JUCO World Series appearances and produced 38 All-Americans and 27 major league players in the program’s history.

State College of Florida begins the 2012 season Jan. 27 at Miami-Dade College.


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