Saying he understands what it’s like to have gone through multiple coaches and promising he will help build the Tigers’ football program, newly hired Bradwell Institute football coach Greg Hill addressed the Rotary Club during their meeting Tuesday afternoon at La Quinta Inn in Flemington.
Hill said he already has been meeting with players. For some of the players, Hill would be the third coach they’ve seen in three seasons. But he said he is committed to rebuilding the Tiger football program and making sure the student athletes have a memorable experience
“Those are the things they come back and talk about,” he said. “Their practices and the moments they shared on the field … those are the things that I carried on with me. I had the opportunity to play at the next level in college and professionally but you always remember what happened in high school … the coaches that impact your life. I know how important it is that these kids receive the type of attention that helps to build relationships that will help them after high school. I was blessed to have the opportunity to play in college under a scholarship and that is not something that I did alone. It was all the guys around me that helped.”
Hill said he is ready to start spring practice next week.
“I am very excited to get things going and get things rocking and rolling,” he said. “As you can see I’m not a big or huge guy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with that, but what I was blessed with is having the work ethic and heart. And that is what I want to try and establish into the Bradwell football program. It is not how big you are; it is how much work and effort you are willing to put in and being a part of something that is bigger than yourself … that is one of the things we are going to preach and harp on as we can move into spring training … our vision is being selfless and fighting for the guy next to you.”
Hill, 37, led Georgia Southern to the 1999 Division I-AA (now Football Championship Series) national championship and started his college career under coach Frank Ellwood. He finished his college career under Paul Johnson, who left in 2001 to go to Navy. Hill graduated and later returned to GSU as a position coach under Mike Sewak.
Hill then coached at Statesboro High and spent the past two years as the offensive coordinator at Central Carroll High School in Carrollton.
“More important than any of his football accomplishments is the fact that he has a master’s degree in education and will be teaching math to the special-education students at Bradwell,” Tiger Touchdown Club President Craig Stafford said during Tuesday’s introduction. “He has a big task in front of him and he needs community support and I am very happy to introduce you to him today.”
Bradwell Principal Scott Carrier spoke about how pleased the school was to find Hill after former coach Adam Carter announced he was moving on to another opportunity at Reinhardt University after one season at BI. The Tigers went 4-6 under Carter last season.
“(Hill) has already accomplished a lot in football, and I have no doubt that he is going to accomplish a lot more when he starts to work with our kids,” Carrier said. “He has only been at Bradwell for about a month, but he is already working with some of the players in our gym every morning, specifically our quarterback, which is his area of expertise. I have a lot of confidence that he is going to get those kids ready for the season.”