Northwestern hires Fred Hill

Updated: June 16, 2011, 4:12 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Former Rutgers coach Fred Hill was officially named as an assistant on Northwestern's staff on Tuesday.

Hill replaced Mitch Henderson, who left the Wildcats to become head coach at Princeton.

"Fred's coaching experience at a number of successful programs, coupled with his reputation as a top notch recruiter, should pay immediate dividends," Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said in a statement. "I am thrilled he will be joining our staff."

Hill resigned from Rutgers in 2010 after four seasons and a 44-77 overall record. He parted ways with the school shortly after a reported profanity-laced outburst directed at Pittsburgh's baseball coaches during a Rutgers-Pittsburgh game.

Hill's father, Fred Sr., is Rutgers baseball coach.

Hill, 52, has been an assistant coach at nine schools, including Seton Hall, Villanova and Marquette.

Hill is expected to help Northwestern's recruiting on the East Coast. He has had success there through his career, including recruiting McDonald's All-American Mike Rosario to Rutgers.

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from Coach Carmody who has one of the brightest offensive minds in the game," Hill said in a statement. "Northwestern is an outstanding academic institution and Bill has this program headed in the right direction. I'm looking forward to being in the Big Ten and the great city of Chicago."

Northwestern will return four starters and six of its top seven scorers next season. The Wildcats went 20-14 overall and 7-11 in the Big Ten last season. They reached the NIT quarterfinals for the first time in the program's history.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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