Brian Hill (basketball coach)
September 19, 1947 |
East Orange, New Jersey
|Listed height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
Hill has more than 30 years of coaching experience at the high school, collegiate, and professional level. He has been assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, New Orleans Hornets,2 and New Jersey Nets.2 He was the head coach of the Orlando Magic from 1993 to 1997 and is the Magic's most successful coach with a record of 191–104. During that time period, he led the Magic to their first NBA Finals in 1995 and also led the team to a 60-22 record the following season. However, following the loss of star center Shaquille O'Neal to free agency during the off-season, he was fired mid-season in 1997 after a player revolt was led by disgruntled star Penny Hardaway.2
Following his firing from the Magic, he became head coach of the expansion Vancouver Grizzlies, only entering their third year in the league. Hill was fired early in his third season. Following that, he became an assistant coach of the New Jersey Nets, where he remained until the end of the postseason. He was then rehired by the Magic and he led the team to a 36–46 record in the 2005–2006 season.
On May 23, 2007, after multiple media sources reported that Hill would not return to coach the Orlando Magic for the 2007-08 NBA season, but would instead be offered another position within the organization,3 the Magic released a statement that he would not return as coach of the Magic,2 although it was reported he was actually fired by general manager Otis Smith.4 It was a position he had held since May 24, 2005. It was his second stint with the team.
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|ORL||1993–94||50||32||.610||2nd in Atlantic Division||0||3||.000||1st round|
|ORL||1994–95||57||25||.695||1st in Atlantic Division||11||10||.524||NBA Finals|
|ORL||1995–96||60||22||.732||1st in Atlantic Division||7||5||.583||Conf. Finals|
|ORL||1996–97||24||25||.490||3rd in Atlantic Division|
|VAN||1997–98||19||63||.232||6th in Midwest Division|
|VAN||1998–99||8||42||.160||7th in Midwest Division|
|VAN||1999-00||4||18||.182||7th in Midwest Division|
|ORL||2005–06||36||46||.439||3rd in Southeast Division|
|ORL||2006–07||40||42||.488||3rd in Southeast Division||0||4||.000||1st round|
Source: Brian Hill Coaching Record – Basketball-Reference.com
Hill, a graduate of John F. Kennedy College in Nebraska, has two adult children. One, the daughter, has cystic fibrosis, and as a result, Hill has supported cystic fibrosis research by appearing at fundraisers and speaking to crowds about the disease. He and his wife live in Orlando, Florida, where they have remained even after his original departure from the Orlando Magic.
- "Back to the Magic: Hill Returns to Orlando", Orlando Magic. Accessed March 6, 2008.
- Hill out as coach of the Magic May 24, 2007
- Q&A: Was Brian Hill fired?, by Deanna Gugel, Orlando Sentinel, posted May 23, 2007
- Orlando Magic coach Brian Hill fired, by Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel, posted May 24, 2007
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