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Robert G. Hill (born November 24, 1948) is an American basketball coach. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hill grew up in Mount Sterling, Ohio moving to Worthington, Ohio for high school. Upon graduating from high School, Hill entered Bowling Green State University.

He is known for his unorthodox style of handling the media, shoe stomping, and whistle blowing on the sidelines during NBA games.




Early career

Hill was an assistant coach for the Kansas Jayhawks from 1979-85.

As NBA coach

Hill coached the New York Knicks in 1986–87, spent three seasons as the Indiana Pacers' head coach (1990–93), and piloted the San Antonio Spurs to an NBA-best 62 wins in 1994–95 before losing to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference finals. He was fired by the Spurs during the 1996–97 season and replaced by Gregg Popovich.

At Fordham University

Between 1999 and 2003, Hill was head coach at Fordham University. At Fordham he compiled a 36–78 record (.316 winning %). He was let go by the Rams following the 2002–03 season after only 1 win in the Atlantic 10. The Rams finished 2–26 in 2003, the worst record in school history. Fordham paid Hill $650,000 to leave the university in a buyout agreement four years into his 10-year deal.

He took responsibility for his rocky four-year tenure there. "Fordham was my fault; I just shouldn't have done it," Hill told the New York Daily News. "I don't want to get into why," he added. "Just blame it on me."[1]

"I guess the best way to put it (is), I've had a really privileged career," Hill said. "I've been around a lot of great organizations; I've had a lot of great players. I've always had success to some degree, so I feel like I understand what it takes to do that and it just didn't work."

Asked to recount some of the missteps he made during his tenure at Fordham, Hill said that he made a mistake before the 2002–03 season in trying to bring in playground players such as Adrian Walton and Smush Parker.

"We tried to bring the Rucker League to Fordham and it didn't work out," Hill said.

But Hill said he didn't have any regrets about his time in the Bronx. "It's a good school, good people, the whole thing, but I made a mistake," Hill said. "I don't really regret it," he added. "I've learned so much about what those young guys go through to try to be successful. It's hard for them." (Ian Begley)

Return to NBA

In January 3, 2006 he replaced Bob Weiss as head coach of the NBA team the Seattle SuperSonics, after a lackluster 13–17 start to the 2005–06 season; he had most recently served as assistant coach for the team. He was fired as Sonics head coach on April 24, 2007.

He holds an all-time win-loss NBA coaching record of 257–212.

Personal life

Hill has a son, Casey, who played basketball at Trinity University and graduated in 2007. Additionally, his oldest son Cameron, a former assistant at Kentucky, is employed at the U.S. Basketball Academy in Oregon, while another son, Chris is the head coach at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.


  • Basketball: Coaching for Success (2000) ISBN 1-58518-249-4


  1. ^ New York Daily News, March 13, 2007.

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Preceded by
Hubie Brown
New York Knicks Head Coach
1986–1987 (interim)
Succeeded by
Rick Pitino
Preceded by
Dick Versace
Indiana Pacers head coach
Succeeded by
Larry Brown
Preceded by
John Lucas
San Antonio Spurs Head Coach
Succeeded by
Gregg Popovich
Preceded by
Nick Macarchuk
Fordham Rams Head Coach
Succeeded by
Dereck Whittenburg
Preceded by
Bob Weiss
Seattle SuperSonics head coach
Succeeded by
P.J. Carlesimo


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