Hayfield football Coach Roy Hill has decided to relinquish his duties after four seasons at the helm. He will remain the head wrestling coach and continue to teach biology.
Hill, a 1984 Hayfield graduate, inherited the team midway through the 2009-10 season, after then-head Coach Billy Pugh suffered a stroke in the classroom.
The following season, the former linebacker took over full time, while keeping his roles as head wrestling coach and biology teacher.
“We thank coach Hill for everything he’s done and he will continue to be an integral part of our athletic department, school and community,” Hayfield Director of Student Activities E.W. Nowland said. “I’m going to work with him every day moving forward.”
The Hawks made the playoffs every season and posted a 30-16 record with Hill as coach. In 2009-10, Hill’s first season, the Hawks made it to third round of the AAA Northern Region Division 5 playoffs.
This past season, the Hawks began the year 0-4 but won five of their final six regular season games to earn the final spot in the 6A North playoffs. Hayfield would eventually lose to Westfield, 33-12, in the first round of the playoffs.
“I’m going to miss changing the mind-set of the kids and giving them motivation to go to college to play football,” Hill said. “It’s a sense of community and pride around this program with kids who graduated long ago.”
Hill first donned the orange Hawks jersey in the early 80’s, when the team held the dubious distinction of a 26-game losing streak. But in the opener against Langley in 1983, Hayfield ended the skid with a 14-6 road win. The team went on to finish with a 4-6 record.
Nowland says the administration would like to hire a new coach by March, and they will soon begin the process of combing through applications.
“He’s a great role model, and his dedication and love and support to Hayfield is phenomenal,” Nowland said of Hill. “He’s a strong pillar of our community.”