Dr. Fitzgerald Hill is currently employed as Executive Director of the Opportunity Fund at Ouachita Baptist University located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The former collegiate head football coach also serves as Visiting Scholar and Research Associate under the leadership of Dr. Richard Lapchick at Central Florida’s Institute of Diversity and Ethics. The 41-year-old Arkansas native is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University where he received bachelor degrees in Communications and Physical Education. Dr. Hill received a Masters degree in Student Personnel Services from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana where he served as a graduate assistant football coach during the 1988 football season. His coaching tenure was briefly interrupted when he was summoned to military duties receiving the Bronze Star and Commendation Medal for services rendered in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The veteran returned to his coaching and counseling duties at Arkansas for the 1991 football season. Dr. Hill’s next coaching assignment was a brief stay at Utah State before, once again, returning to Arkansas as an assistant football coach in March, 1992. He served on the Razorback staff for five different head coaches before being selected as head football coach of the San Jose State Spartans in December of 2000.
In May of 1997, Dr. Hill was awarded the Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Arkansas. Coach Hill’s research has been featured on ABC Nightline with Ted Koppel, HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumble, The Black Enterprise Report, CBSportsline.com, ABC Sports, ESPN.com and two ESPN sport programs (Cold Pizza & Outside the Lines). He has been profiled and featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education on three different occasions relating to his research of African American collegiate football coaches as well as his personal experiences in the coaching profession. His research has been featured in major newspaper stories and magazines. The former division I-A head football coach authored and published: “Shattering the Glass Ceiling – Blacks in Coaching,” “Coaching: Colleges’ (Un)Level Playing Field,” “Razorback Turn Around Fortunes,” “Escaping Bump-and-Run Coverage at the Line of Scrimmage,” “The Status of Blacks as Major College Football Coaches,” and “Promotion on merit an illusion for Blacks.”
During Coach Hill’s head coaching career, the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame named him “College Coach of the Year” for the Spartans performance in 2002. For his contributions to the Bay Area communities, Coach Hill was named one of the “10 Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area in 2003” by City Flight Network – a Bay Area multi-media company. The National Association of Black Journalist selected Coach Hill for the “Portrait of Excellence” Award in 2003. The Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at San Jose State selected him “Member of the Year” in 2003 for his commitment to academic achievement of his football team as well as his personal commitment to academic achievement.
Coach Hill is married to Dr. Cynthia Hill, and they have two daughters, Destiny, 13, Faith 9, and a son, Justice 5.