BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University head baseball coach Blaine Brown announced the hire of Brad Hill as the recruiting coordinator. Hill has extensive experience coaching baseball and will lead the recruiting efforts for Brown's staff.
"We are ecstatic to add Brad on staff full-time," Brown said. "He is very familiar with East Tennessee and was successful in building his own program at Happy Valley. He is very driven and determined to make the kids and program around him better. He is as good a person as he is a baseball coach and we would like to welcome his wife Ashley, and his two boys Kael (7), and Brody (9), to the King University baseball family."
Most recently Hill was the head coach at Happy Valley High School, serving in that role since 2016. Over the six years Hill spent at Happy Valley, he coached four players that continued to sign and play collegiately. He also oversaw facility improvements and fundraisers for the baseball program.
"I am thankful for the opportunity that Coach Brown and the King University administration has given me," Hill said. "The baseball coaching staff has been very helpful during this transition and I am looking forward to working with this great group of men. Being around them and the team has been a blessing and I am looking forward to helping shape the future of this program and helping the young men on our team develop as players and men. I also, want to thank my wife, Ashley, for her support and encouragement throughout this process. The King University family has been very welcoming and it has felt like home from the day I got here."
Prior to his stint at Happy Valley, Hill spent six years as an assistant coach at Milligan College. Under his tutelage, the Buffaloes posted a .315 batting average and slugged .454 in five years. He also coached seven all-conference performers, including one that earned honorable mention All-America honors.
Hill got his start in coaching at Morristown-Hamblen High School East, where he coached for two years while coaching the Tennessee Thunder, members of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League.
Hill earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Second Education Licensure in Mathematics from Milligan College in 2005. He then earned his Master of Arts of Education in Kinesiology, Leisure and Sports Studies from East Tennessee State University in 2008.