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Bob Hill Bio

There's probably a better way to do this, but I don't know what it is easily. Therefore here's the word for word transcribed(quickly so forgive errors) Bob Hill bio direct from the Sonics Media Guide.

Bob Hill joins the Sonics staff with 30-plus years of basketball coaching experience, most recently including stints in teh NBA, CBA, NCCA, and international competition. Most recently Hill was the head coach at Fordham University from 1999-2002.

Prior to his stint at Fordham, Hill spent 10 seasons in the NBA coaching ranks including 5 full campaigns as a head coach. From 1994 through 1996 Hill lead the San Antonio Spurs to a record of 121-43, won two division titles and guided his team to the Western Conference Finals in 1995. In that series the Spurs lost to the eventual NBA Champion Houston Rockets. Hill coached the Spurs to a perfect 16-0 month of March in 1996, tying the NBA record for consecutive wins in a month.

During the 1993-94 season Hill worked as an assistant under Orlando head coach Brian Hill and helped the Magic register a 50 win season. After taking over as head coach for the 9-16 Pacers in 1990-91 Hill finished the season 32-25. He began his NBA coaching career under Hubie Brown in NY in 1985 and took over as interum head coach the following year. Hill holds an overall NBA head-coaching record of 257-212(.548). In his four full seasons as an NBA head coach Hill and his teams reached the playoffs each year.

Before rejoining the NBA with the Pacers, Hill spent the 1988-89 season as the head coach of Vitrus Knorr in the Italian Professional Basketball League. Hill and his team won the Italian Cup and advanced to the Final Four of the Italian League championship.

Hill graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1971 with a BA in Physical Education and earn an MA in secondary education a year later. After graduating Hill served as an assistant coach at his alma mater for four season(1971-75) before spending the next two as an assistant at the University of Pittsburg (1975-77). Before joining the NBA had and eight-year tenure as an assistant under Ted Owens and Larry Brown at the University of Kansas(1977-85)

The author of the book "Coaching for Success and Beyond", Hill often gives motivational speeches on the theme of "Team Building." Hill and his wife of 31 years, Pam are the parents of sons Cameron, Christopher, and Casey.