Search for assistant coach to begin immediately
Fourth-year assistant named nation's best assistant coach
Cougars set to compete at three-day, 54-hole Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms
Sophomore to face Australia's Nathan Holman at 6:40 a.m., Thursday in Round of 32
Sophomore to meet No. 16 seed Richy Werenski at 7:10 a.m. (CDT), Wednesday
Chris Hill worked with the University of Houston golf program from 2010 to 2014. He began his career with the Cougars as an assistant coach in 2010 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2012.
In those roles, he assisted Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke in all aspects of the team, including practice scheduling, recruiting, scheduling and student-athlete development.
During his Houston tenure, he helped lead the Cougars to nine team championships, including the 2013 Conference USA title and five individual crowns. He also guided Houston to 27 top-5 team finishes and 70 top-10 individual showings.
He is a member of the PGA of America and the National Golf Coaches Association/Golf Coaches Association of America.
Houston entered the national rankings, rising as high as No. 7 nationally midway through the year, and finished the 2013-14 campaign at No. 9 in the Golfstat poll.
Ross, Robledo and senior Curtis Reed each earned places on the All-American Athletic Conference and PING All-Central Region teams.
The Cougars enjoyed tremendous success during the 2012-13 season. As a team, the Cougars finished among the top-five leaders in each of their first eight tournaments with wins at the Lone Star Invitational and the Border Olympics.
In late April, Hill helped lead the Cougars to the Conference USA Championship team and individual titles for the first time since 2001. With that, the program also returned to NCAA Regional play for the second consecutive season.
Sophomore Roman Robledo drained a 30-foot birdie on the final hole of the final round to clinch the team championship for the Cougars and the individual title for himself.
Robledo and junior Curtis Reed were named to the All-Conference USA First Team, while junior Wesley McClain earned a place on the Second Team.
During the 2011-12 season, Hill helped lead the Cougars back to the NCAA postseason as a team and guided the squad to 11 top-10 team finishes, including a share of the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic championship.
In the spring season alone, the Cougars earned top-three finishes at the Rice Intercollegiate and the Border Olympics.
Individually, the Cougars-athletes garnered six-top-five finishes, including a second-place showing from James Ross at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic and third-place finishes from Roman Robledo and Jesse Droemer.
With his fifth-place finish at the C-USA Championships in late April 2012, Robledo was named to the Tournament All-Tournament Team, only days after being recognized as a member of the league's All-Freshman Team.
The team's accomplishments were not limited to the course. Five Cougars were named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll with Ross earning a place on the C-USA All-Academic Team and as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar.
Joining the Cougars in August 2010, Hill helped lead the Cougars to one of their most successful seasons in recent history.
Playing with a lineup that featured four true freshmen and a sophomore in his first semester at Houston, the Cougars recorded five top-five and seven top-10 team finishes throughout the season.
With a fourth-place showing at the Conference USA Championships, the Cougars earned their best finish at that event since 2003 with Curtis Reed being named to the All-Tournament Team.
In his first season, he helped lead the men's team to a pair of tournament wins, including the inaugural 2009 Great West Conference championship. His work also led to five All-Conference performers during the program's first year of existence.
In 2008-09, the women's team also finished as the runner-up at the GWC Championship, and Hill worked closely with two student-athletes who were named to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team.
Prior to joining Houston Baptist, Hill worked as a certified instructor and director of college placement at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C., in 2007-08. There he worked under the guidance of legendary instructor Hank Haney and mentored many of the nation's top junior golfers.
"Chris is one of the most dedicated teachers that I have ever had work for me, and he will be a great asset to the University of Houston golf program," Haney said.
Hill also appeared as a regular on the Golf Channel reality series School of Golf, which detailed the lives of junior golfers in their efforts to turn professional or play collegiate golf.
Following his collegiate playing days, he entered the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at Wayne State, his alma mater, in 2006-07. During that time, he also worked as the lead instructor and assistant pro at Western Golf and Country Club in Redford, Mich.
AS A STUDENT-ATHLETE
He was a member of the Wayne State Student-Athlete Committee from 2002 to 2006 and served as captain of the golf team during the 2005-06 season.
Hill received his bachelor's degree in marketing from Wayne State in 2007.