Coaching at Donaldsonville High has always been “a good time,” for Greg Hill.
But for Hill, those good times have come to an end. The 59-year-old Hill has announced
his retirement as a teacher-coach at the Ascension Parish school.
“I always had a good time and enjoyed what I did,” Hill said. “This isn’t about me being upset or anybody being upset with me or trying to force me out.
“I just decided after 36 years it’s time for me to take some time for myself. I’m going to take it easy for a while.”
Hill, a 1970 East Ascension graduate, spent all 36 years of his coaching career at Donaldsonville. He served as an assistant football-basketball coach and as head boys basketball coach for the Tigers during his tenure.
During Hill’s 33 years as head boys basketball coach, the Tigers won 15 district titles. His team advanced to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Top 28 Tournament in Class 2A in 2006.
For most of Hill’s career, DHS bounced between Classes 3A and 2A while also moving between districts based in Baton Rouge, the River Parishes and the Acadiana area.
Hill’s final team was among his best. DHS won the District 7-2A title and recorded a 28-4 record. The Tigers were the No. 3 playoff seed, but lost to Red River in the regional playoff round.
The Louisiana Sports Writers Association selected Hill as the Class 2A Coach of the Year in 2010-11.
A 1975 graduate of Grambling, Hill was hired at Donaldsonville 11 days after getting his degree.
Hill said he pondered returning for another year, but informed Donaldsonville Athletic Director Terence Williams
of his decision to retire last month.
Williams said interviews to hire replacements for Hill and girls basketball coach Butch Little, who also retired after 2010-11, are ongoing.
“When I came to Donaldsonville I was the youngest coach on staff for about five years,” Hill said. “And now I’m the person who’s been here the longest.
“I’ve seen seven principals, seven athletic directors and six superintendents. Who would have thought that was possible. I enjoyed it all.”