Christie Hill is in her first season mentoring UTSA's pitching staff.
"It takes a tremendous amount of motivation to not only become an All-American, but to be able to achieve that status in multiple years," head coach Michelle Cheatham said. "Christie's experiences, both here and abroad, as well as an enthusiasm for the game will be very beneficial to our student-athletes and our pitching staff."
"First, I want to thank Michelle Cheatham and the administration at UTSA for giving me the opportunity to join the Roadrunners staff," Hill said. "I am extremely excited and blessed to be able to work with a great coaching staff along with our fantastic group of student-athletes."
Hill comes to UTSA after coaching stints at North Medford (Ore.) High School, Southern Oregon and her alma mater, CSU Bakersfield.
At Southern Oregon, Hill tutored the team’s pitchers and helped the Raiders to 56 wins in three seasons. Under her tutelage, Jordyn Kurtz earned first-team All-Cascade Conference honors in 2012 after going 10-9 with a 2.91 ERA in the circle.
Prior to her time with the Raiders she spent four seasons as an assistant coach at CSU Bakersfield following a stellar playing career.
As a coach, Hill helped lead the Roadrunners to 103 wins in four seasons as the school transitioned to NCAA Division I competition. The program’s top assistant, she aided the pitching staff as well as assisting with recruiting and fundraising.
The Delano, Calif., native made her mark on the program as a player as well. A three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American (2004-06), Hill owns school-records for career batting average (.372), hits (323), RBIs (149), runs (181) and doubles (65). She also holds single-season marks for hits (90), doubles (20) and home runs (12).
Hill earned first-team NFCA All-Region and All-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors all four seasons (2003-06) and helped lead the Roadrunners to league titles in 2004 and 2006. The 2006 squad registered 52 wins, claimed the Division II West Regional Championship and finished fourth at the Division II Women’s College World Series.
In addition to her offensive numbers, Hill was one of the best pitchers in program history and ranks in the school’s career top 10 in wins (78), strikeouts (342) and ERA (1.71).
Following her time with the Roadrunners, Hill played professionally in the Netherlands with Olympia Haarlem, where she pitched and played middle-infield. She led the team in batting and wins twice (2007/2009) and went 15-7 with a .469 batting average, seven doubles, nine triples and a homer in her final campaign.
Hill graduated with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from CSU Bakersfield in 2006 before earning a master’s degree in education from Southern Oregon in 2011.