MANHATTAN — Canton-Galva graduate Brad Hill, the longtime baseball coach at Kansas State University, is stepping down at the end of the season.
Hill, a Galva native who is a 1980 C-G graduate, was a tremendous athlete during his Eagle days and later was a baseball star at Emporia State, where he virtually rewrote the Hornets’ record book. He also was a standout for the McPherson American Legion baseball team under the guidance of Vance Carlson and later spent time in the Texas Rangers’ organization.
Hill is the most successful coach in Kansas State baseball history. He has spent 15 years in Manhattan, winning 463 games. Four times he led the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament, one Super Regional and one Big 12 championship. In 2013, Kansas State won 45 games.
KSU currently is 18-29 overall, 3-18 in the Big 12.
Hill indicated that he felt the program needed a new voice. A national search will begin immediately, according to Kansas State administrators.
“It's come time for the program to move in a new direction and regain the energy it once had, and with the new facility on the horizon, now is the perfect time," Hill said in a released statement. "My family and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a special place, and we now look forward to the next chapter in our lives.”
Prior to coaching at Kansas State, Hill had an amazing run at Central Missouri State, going 418-91 and winning a national championship in 2003.
• The Hill File •
— K-State’s all-time winningest head coach (463-389-3)
— Two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year (2009, 2013)
— Two-time ABCA Midwest Coach of the Year (2009, 2013)
— Led K-State to its first Big 12 championship in 2013
— Four NCAA Regional berths and first-ever Super Regional appearance
— 2003 NCAA Division II National Championship
— 2003 NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year
— 58 MLB Draft picks (46 at K-State)
— 18 All-Americans, 55 All-Big 12 selections, 84 Academic All-Big 12 honorees, eight Freshman All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans and three Big 12 players or pitchers of the year.