Three-day, 54-hole event tees off Thursday morning at The University Club
Three-day, 54-hole event tees off Sunday morning at Texarkana Country Club
Honor given to nation's top assistant coach; Third-year coach is one of eight nationwide
Team ready for second tournament of the week after fifth-place finish at Tiger Invitational
Cougars team with Rice to host three-day event at Redstone Golf Club, starting Friday morning
Chris Hill begins his third season with the University of Houston golf program as assistant coach in 2012-13.
In that role, he assists head coach Jonathan Dismuke in all aspects of the team, including practice scheduling, recruiting, scheduling and student-athlete development.
With the addition of the Women's Golf program during the 2013-14 season, he assumed the title of men's associate head coach in the summer of 2013.
He is a member of the PGA of America and the National Golf Coaches Association/Golf Coaches Association of America.
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.
"Chris fit what we were looking for better than anyone else and immediately provides our program with international connections," head coach Jonathan Dismuke said. "He will relate well to our players and has done a fine job of player development throughout his career."
For Hill, the move to the Cougar program was the perfect it.
"Jonathan is a coach that I have looked up to since I started working in college golf, and it is an honor to join him at a program with the history and tradition of the University of Houston," Hill said. "I have been fortunate to work with coaches like Jonathan and Hank Haney during my career"
Hill joined the Cougar program after a two-year stint as the men's and women's assistant coach at Houston Baptist. In 2009-10, the Husky women's team won the Great West Conference championship by 21 strokes.
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
Hill was a four-year letterman at Wayne State from 2002-06. There, he helped lead the Warriors to the 2004 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and the 2005 Great Lakes Regional No. 3 crown.
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.
He and his wife Alyssa were married in January 2011. The couple lives in Houston.