Senior midfielder earns all-region honors for second straight year
Air Force drops 1-0 decision to Washington
Air Force makes first appearance since 1997
Air Force earns league's automatic bid to NCAA Tournament
Air Force one win away from first NCAA Tournament since 1997
Doug Hill enters his 11th season as head coach at Air Force in 2017. Hill led the Falcons to a second-place finish at the 2016 Western Athletic Conference Championship and concluded the season with the second-most program wins with an overall record of 14-7-1 and conference mark of 6-3-1. Under his guidance, four Falcons earned spots on the leagues 2016 post-season All-WAC teams. In his 10 seasons at the helm, Hill has coached 32 Falcons to all-conference honors. Hill, who spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach at Air Force before being promoted to head coach in June of 2007, took the Falcons to heights during the 2012 season the program had not seen in nearly 15 years.
A 1983 graduate of the Academy, Hill guided his team to a spectacular run through the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships and AFA’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1997. Air Force finished the season with a 10-9-4 record, including three straight wins at the MPSF Championships for the school’s first conference championship in program history. For his efforts, Hill was named the MPSF’s Coach of the Year for 2012.
The Falcons, who lost to the University of Washington 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, defeated nationally-ranked New Mexico three times during the season (although a 5-3 shootout advantage in the MPSF championship game is technically considered a tie) and senior midfielder Kevin Durr was named the MVP of the MPSF Championships. Hill, who enters the 2016 campaign with a 64-87-19 career record, also guided the class of 2013 to the most victories by a class (36) since the class of `04 (37).
Hill, who holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” license, was a four-year varsity letterman at Air Force and played for his predecessor, Lou Sagastume. He was team captain both his junior and senior seasons. In all four years, Hill helped the Falcons win the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Soccer League championship. After graduation, he remained at the Academy as the assistant soccer coach and a physical education instructor for one year.
Hill left the Academy in 1984 for Dyess AFB, Texas, where he was an instructor navigator in the C-130 aircraft. In addition, he assisted and filled in as the interim head soccer coach for the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Hardin-Simmons University (Texas) from 1986-1988. In 1988, he led the women’s team to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championship game and finished second in the nation. He also played on the all-Air Force soccer team in 1985 and 1987 and coached the 1986 team.
After eight years away from the Academy, Hill returned as an assistant coach in 1992 and helped guide the Falcons to consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament in `92 and `93. In 1993, the Falcons advanced to the Final Eight after beating undefeated and No. 1-ranked Creighton, 2-1, in four overtimes on the road in the first round. The 1996 team advanced to the WAC championships after going 14-3-3 during the regular season, while the 1997 squad earned a trip to the NCAA Tourney.
Hill moved on to McChord AFB, Wash., in 1997, holding positions of Director, Wing Weapons and Tactics for the 62nd Airlift Wing and Operations Officer for the 4th Airlift Squadron, a C-141 unit. He guided the all-Air Force soccer team as a player-coach in 1999 and 2000, winning the Armed Forces championship both years. He also coached the all-Armed Services team in 1999 and 2000.
In 2001, Hill returned to the sidelines at his alma mater. He was an assistant coach from 2001-05 before earning a promotion to associate head coach for the 2006 campaign. During that tenure at AFA, the Falcons were ranked as high as 19th in the country during the 2001 campaign and he helped Marcus Sagastume earn MPSF Co-Player of the Year honors in `03.
Hill, who has over 2,800 flying hours to his credit, holds a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of Northern Colorado and retired from the Air Force in April of 2006 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
The Fleetwood, Penn., native currently lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Kathy, and their two sons, Luke and Greg.