Hill goes tull-time at Wyoming
Laramie, Wyo. (Jan. 11, 2013) -- University of Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen announced on Friday that current Wyoming graduate assistant coach Renaldo Hill has been hired as a full-time assistant coach on the Wyoming staff. Hill will coach the Cowboy cornerbacks in 2013. He served this past season as one of the defensive graduate assistants, working with the Cowboy secondary.
"It's not often that you have an opportunity to hire a coach with 10 years of NFL playing experience like Renaldo (Hill) has," said Christensen. "Renaldo joined our staff last summer as a graduate assistant, and was a very committed coach. He did an outstanding job of developing relationships with our players, and he was an invaluable resource for us as he assisted in coaching the secondary. Renaldo's a great role model for our kids, and I have no doubt that he will become a great recruiter in addition to being a gifted coach."
"I am very appreciative of this opportunity," said Hill. "When I went to the coaches' convention in Nashville a few days ago, there were over 12,000 coaches -- many of them looking for jobs. It is definitely a humbling experience to know that I am one of the fortunate coaches to have an opportunity, like this one at Wyoming, to coach at the Division I level of college football. Being one of 12,000 coaches looking for a job, definitely makes you feel grateful and privileged to be in this position to be able to coach young men and help them develop as players and as men.
"Wyoming means a lot to me, and it means a lot to me to be able to stay here. This coaching staff was the first one to give me an opportunity to come in and begin my coaching career. I've been able to build a rapport with the young men in this program, and I'm excited to be able to continue to work with them. I appreciate the confidence this staff has shown in me to offer me a full-time coaching position, and I'm going to do everything in my power to help contribute to the success of this program."
Hill played cornerback and safety in the NFL for 10 seasons, concluding his professional career with the Denver Broncos in 2010. He joined the Wyoming Football coaching staff in the summer of 2012, when he accepted a graduate assistant position with the Cowboys.
As a defensive graduate assistant, Hill aided the defensive staff in producing scouting reports on opponents, preparing for practices and coaching the Cowboy defenders in practices and games. Hill also assisted in recruiting activities for Wyoming Football.
Originally drafted in the seventh round of the 2001 National Football League Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, the 202nd overall selection, Hill went on to start 114 of 141 career games he played from 2001-2010. He began his professional career as a cornerback and moved to safety in 2005, while with the Oakland Raiders.
From 2001-04, he played for the Cardinals, starting 32 of 55 games. His best season in Arizona was 2003 when he started all 14 games he played and recorded personal single-season highs in interceptions (5) and passes defended (10). He returned one interception 70 yards for a touchdown during the 2003 season to go along with 58 tackles.
In 2005, Hill played for the Oakland Raiders and moved from cornerback to safety. He recorded a personal season high 89 tackles in 2005 to go with four passes defended and one interception.
For three years, from 2006-08, Hill played for the Miami Dolphins. Over that three-year period, he started 38 of 39 games he played, including all 16 in 2006, seven of seven in 2007 and 15 of 16 in 2008. He intercepted six passes, defended 13 other passes and recorded 195 tackles for an average of 5.0 tackles per game during that three-year timespan.
His final two NFL seasons with the Broncos in 2009 and 2010, Hill started all 31 games he played, intercepted four passes, defended 10 passes and had 122 total tackles, averaging 3.9 tackles per game.
A native of Detroit, Mich., Hill played his college football at Michigan State where he was a starting cornerback in 1998, '99 and 2000. As a sophomore, he intercepted a pass at the goal line with 1:12 left in the game to seal a 28-24 MSU upset of No. 1 ranked Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. As a junior in 1999, he earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors from conference coaches and media, and made six tackles in MSU's 37-34 Citrus Bowl victory over Florida. He was selected a tri-captain his senior season of 2000 and went on to earn First Team All-Big Ten honors.
He received his bachelor's degree in retail management from Michigan State in May 2012.
Chris Tormey, who took over as Wyoming's defensive coordinator and secondary coach in 2012, will continue to coach the Cowboy safeties and serve as defensive coordinator.
The opening on the defensive staff became available when one of Wyoming's defensive line coaches, Derrick LeBlanc, recently accepted a similar position at Southern Miss.
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