COLLINS — A former local high school coach has been inducted into the Mississippi Association of Coaches 2013 Hall of Fame.
Lee Hill of Eupora was honored at the 41st Annual Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet June 28 in Jackson.
A championship coach for basketball, baseball and track, Coach Hill spent his entire 34-year coaching career in Collins. He graduated from Webster County High School in Eupora, and earned degrees from Mississippi Industrial College, William Carey and the University of Southern Mississippi.
Hill began his career in 1966 as the head boys’ basketball coach at Carver High School, where he won Tideland Conference Championships in 1968 and 1970. He served as an assistant coach at Collins High School from 1971-78; then served the next 25 years as head coach leading his Tigers boys’ team to seven district titles, two South State titles and two class 3A appearances in the state tournament. Hill had a 525-220 record in basketball.
His track teams won five district titles and the 1980 state championship; while his 1983-84 baseball team captured a district title. He was honored as a district coach of the year six times, as a STAR teacher in 1969, organized basketball camps at Collins High School and was a clinic speaker.
Coach Hill also served as an assistant principal and athletic director during his career , and has said that he is happy to have had a good group of athletes, including junior college and Division I players as well as several who went on to play professional sports.