“This was a dream job for me,” said Hill, who is a head coach for the first time in his career. “This was a job that I wanted. This is the job I went out and asked for.”
Hill takes over a Hornets’ team which went 11-29 in four seasons under Julius Moses.
“This year for us is about building,” Hill said. “I came in with the mindset of just changing the mentality. At South Atlanta it seems like football is the forgotten child in a sense. Nobody has high expectations of what we’re capable of in football.
“Basketball is established but when it comes to football the expectations are very low,” Hill said. “We want to change the mindset to be competitive. I want to get them out of the mindset of just being the best team in the city of Atlanta. We want to be one of the best teams in the state.”
Although, Hill will not be disappointed if his vision doesn’t become reality in 2013.
“There is no rush this year,” he said. “We don’t want to rush and just throw things out there but just develop the program and the players. Everything is about that.”
Hill and staff may be busy doing just that with only two starters returning.
“For most of the players this will be their first year getting a lot of varsity experience,” Hill said. “We’re very young and inexperienced as far as varsity-level football. Last year, the team played a lot of seniors and they played both ways.”
Hill is not a big supporter of “ironman” football and hopes to prevent his players from playing offense and defense.
However, Hill said he does see a lot of potential in senior cornerback Keith Williams.
“I think Keith is going to develop into a great cornerback for us and do some really nice things,” Hill said. “Keith is just as quick as Shaquille Wiggins and Ronnie Harris but bigger. He just needs to be developed in that position.”
Hill was at Westlake when Wiggins and Brown were members of the team. Wiggins now attends Georgia and Harris is at Stanford.